The beliefs and convictions of a member of Congress are important determinant of his or her votes. But effectiveness? That depends on the staff he or she assembles. Here is the official team of newly-minted Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna).
This is the first of three features on Pa.’s newest members of Congress. Stay tuned for freshmen Reps. Scott Perry (R-York) and Keith Rothfus (R-Allegheny).
Chief of Staff: Hunter Ridgway
Home: Jackson, Mississippi
College: University of Virginia
Ridgway, 51, is from the Deep South, born in Mississippi and lived in Tennessee and Alabama, but he considers himself “from” DC and has worked for Northeast Democrats his entire career. For most of it, he served as chief of staff for a Massachusetts congressman, John Olver, who also was the top Democrat on the transportation appropriations subcommittee.
Legislative Director: Jeremy Marcus
Home: Brookline, MA
College: Stanford University
Marcus moved to Washington, D.C. after serving as a Presidential Management Fellow. He has worked for Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va) and John Kerry (D-MA), and two members of Congress, serving most recently as Legislative Director for Congressman Russ Carnahan (D-MO).
Communications Director: Shane Seaver
Home: Valley Forge, PA
College: James Madison University
Seaver managed Cartwright’s campaign from the start, including his improbable primary win. He’s worked on a plethora of Democratic campaigns previously.
Scheduler: Daniela Amodei
Home: San Francisco, CA
College: University of California, Santa Cruz
Amodei was a member of Cartwright’s campaign handling all field related activities and working out of the Scranton Campaign office and has an extensive background in policy and non-profit work.
District Director: Bob Morgan
Home: Mountain Top, PA
College: King’s College
Morgan has spent the last 25 years in financial services where he was responsible for providing investment and client relationship services to individuals and institutions. He has been active in Luzerne County politics and brings a wealth of organizational and personnel management skills to the team.
Senior Economic Development Specialist: Bill Hanley
Home: Pottsville, PA
College: University of Scranton
Hanley worked with Rep. Tim Holden (D-Schuylkill) for the last 20 years and will handle special projects including grant writing for the district.