McCarthy, Scalise Fill Out Leadership Staff Rosters

The new House majority leader and majority whip have assembled their new teams of aides.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 09: House majority leader-elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (C) talks with reporters after the weekly House Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol July 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. The House GOP leadership blamed Senate Democrats for holding up legislation that would create more full-time jobs, they said. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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July 30, 2014, 8:54 a.m.

Kev­in Mc­Carthy and Steve Scal­ise won’t be the only ones with new jobs after mid­night Thursday when they of­fi­cially take over as House ma­jor­ity lead­er and ma­jor­ity whip. So, too, will their top staffers.

Both have already an­nounced some of the new hires and desk-shuff­ling, in­clud­ing that Mc­Carthy is hir­ing sev­er­al of out­go­ing Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Eric Can­tor’s lead­er­ship of­fice staffers to carry out sim­il­ar roles on his team.

Among them are Neil Brad­ley, who will serve as Mc­Carthy’s deputy chief of staff. That’s the same title Brad­ley held un­der Can­tor for two years, and, be­fore that, un­der Ma­jor­ity Whip Roy Blunt for four years.

Mean­while, Scal­ise has hired Bill Hughes, who for six years served as policy dir­ect­or to former Speak­er Den­nis Hastert, to be his whip of­fice’s policy dir­ect­or. A Cap­it­ol Hill vet­er­an of 27 years, Hughes comes dir­ectly from a job as ex­ec­ut­ive vice pres­id­ent for the Re­tail In­dustry Lead­ers As­so­ci­ation.

Here are their oth­er top aides:

Mc­CARTHY

Vet­er­an Hill staffer Rob Bor­den will serve as the ma­jor­ity lead­er’s dir­ect­or of over­sight, ad­vising Re­pub­lic­ans on in­vest­ig­at­ive “pri­or­it­ies,” a job he held in Can­tor’s ma­jor­ity lead­er op­er­a­tions. Bor­den is a former gen­er­al coun­sel of the House Over­sight and Gov­ern­ment Re­form Com­mit­tee.

Robert Story Kar­em will move in as Mc­Carthy’s policy ad­viser, the same job he held un­der Can­tor. He pre­vi­ously had been an ad­viser to former Vice Pres­id­ent Dick Cheney — in­clud­ing as­sist­ing on re­search and edit­ing of Cheney’s mem­oirs and as Middle East policy ad­viser on Cheney’s na­tion­al se­cur­ity staff.

Ro­ger Ma­han also will serve as policy ad­viser to Mc­Carthy, a job he held un­der Can­tor. Be­fore that, he was deputy as­sist­ant sec­ret­ary for le­gis­la­tion at the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices De­part­ment, and le­gis­lat­ive dir­ect­or and press sec­ret­ary to then-Rep. Wally Her­ger, R-Cal­if.

SCAL­ISE

Scal­ise’s per­son­al con­gres­sion­al of­fice chief of staff, Lyn­nel Ruck­ert, will as­sume a role as chief of staff to the ma­jor­ity whip. Ruck­ert has been a Scal­ise staffer since his elec­tion to Con­gress in 2008 and had pre­vi­ously worked for then-Reps. Dav­id Vit­ter and Bobby Jin­dal of Louisi­ana.

Eric Zulkosky is to be the new whip’s dir­ect­or of mem­ber ser­vices and policy ad­viser. He was Scal­ise’sle­gis­lat­ive dir­ect­or in his per­son­al con­gres­sion­al of­fice, and be­fore that, had worked as an aide to Sen. Mike Jo­hanns, R-Neb., and then-Sen. Eliza­beth Dole, R-N.C.

Brett Hor­ton will be dir­ect­or of floor op­er­a­tions and coun­sel, com­ing from roles as policy dir­ect­or and coun­sel with the Re­pub­lic­an Study Com­mit­tee, which Scal­ise chaired. Be­fore that, he had served as le­gis­lat­ive coun­sel to Scal­ise.

T.J. Tatum will serve as the whip’s com­mu­nic­a­tions dir­ect­or, after a role as com­mu­nic­a­tions dir­ect­or at the Re­pub­lic­an Study Com­mit­tee and in Scal­ise’s per­son­al of­fice. He has pre­vi­ously served on the staffs of Rep. Vern Buchanan of Flor­ida and then-Rep. Quico Can­seco of Texas.

Scal­ise also an­nounced this week that Park­er Hamilton Pol­ing will serve as chief of staff to Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry of North Car­o­lina. Park­er has pre­vi­ously worked for the House Edu­ca­tion and the Work­force Com­mit­tee and in the White House Of­fice of Me­dia Af­fairs un­der Pres­id­ent George W. Bush.

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