Washington moves of the week: Hoosiers in DC landed big jobs this week, a sign of the sprawling networks of Mike Pence and Pete Buttigieg


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A diaspora of Hoosier politicos in DC made big job moves this week, a sign of the enduring and sprawling political networks forged by former Vice President Mike Pence and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. 

This week, the former vice president launched a new political advocacy group, Advancing American Freedom, ahead of a possible 2024 presidential bid, and added a half dozen former boldface names from the Trump administration as advisers, including former White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway and CMS Director Seema Verma. 

Meanwhile, Pence’s nephew, John Pence, a former Trump campaign official, joined the public affairs group of Ice Miller LLP, along with former national deputy political director for Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign.

Here’s Insider’s rundown of the most prominent staff moves for the week of April 4.

Capitol Hill

Freshman Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff, a Democrat, announced a slew of senior hires for his office (h/t Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Rey Benitez, former chief of staff to Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto, a Nevada Democrat, is now Ossoff’s chief of staff.

Donni Turner, a former policy advisor to Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, will serve as legislative director.

Chandra Harris will serve as Ossoff’s state director. She was previously chief of staff to Georgia Rep. David Scott, a Democrat.

Steven Parker, a veteran of Ossoff’s 2020 campaign, becomes his deputy state director.

Miryam Lipper, Ossoff’s 2020 campaign communications director, will join his office as a senior communications advisor.

Shadawn Reddick-Smith, former communications director for the House Judiciary Committee, joins the Department of Homeland Security as director of strategic communications.

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Communications and media

Elizabeth Ralph, deputy editor of Politico Magazine, is taking on the additional role of editor of Politico’s Women Rule, a journalism and event series.

Derek Robertson, a digital editor at Indianapolis Monthly, is now a contributing editor at Politico Magazine. 

Matt Dempsey is now managing editor of USA Facts. He previously worked as the Houston Chronicle’s data editor.

Danielle Kwateng has become executive editor of Teen Vogue. She previously was the publication’s entertainment and culture director. Her appointment follows Alexi McCammond, a former political reporter for Axios, stepping down as Teen Vogue editor in chief before even starting work. McCammond’s racist tweets, sent when she was a teenager in 2011, sparked an outcry among the publication’s staff.

Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of State in the Trump administration, joins Fox News as a contributor.


Pat Dennis is now the vice president of research at American Bridge, a Democratic research, video tracking, and rapid response organization. …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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