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Movin' On Up In Shuster's Office

July 31, 2012
Rep. Bill Shuster's chief of staff is leaving to take a political consulting gig, leading to a very Jeffersonian (not that kind, this kind) turn of events within the office.

Deputy chief of staff Stephen Martinko will be the Pennsylvania Republican's new chief of staff, taking over for Rob Simms, who is leaving to become a political consultant at Red Maverick Media.

Martinko says that three of the Shuster's senior staff have been in the office for more than five years.

"It's a great opportunity. We have an incredible team," Martinko says of his new post. "I work for one of the best bosses on Capitol Hill."

Martinko has been with the congressman for six years, also serving as his legislative director.  He'll continue to work on House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee issues, where Shuster is a member of the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee.

Prior to joining Shuster's office, Martinko worked for House Republican Conference Chairman Deborah Pryce, R-Ohio, and former Nevada Republican Reps. Jon Porter and Jim Gibbons

Filling Martinko's role as deputy chief of staff is Kelley Halliwell, who has been with the office for six years and most recently served as the office's director of public relations. Jamie Boone Biondi  will step in as Shuster's legislative director. She started in Shuster's office five years ago as an intern, rising through several staff positions, most recently serving as a legislative assistant.

And only a few months after joining Shuster's office as an intern, Brittany Psyhogios-Smith will come on full time as a staff assistant.

Elahe Izadi contributed.

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