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Idaho natives bring experience to staff

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has added two new staff members to his D.C. staff, and changed the duty station of another from Idaho to Washington, DC.Alison Aikele, from Arco, Idaho, will work as Deputy Communications Director and will assist with news releases, speeches, and other media-related items. Aikele is a native of Arco, Idaho, and most recently served as the Communications Director for the College Republican National Committee. She graduated from Utah State University in 2004 with a bachelorâ??s degree in journalism/communications. She graduated in 2001 from Butte County High School (Arco, Idaho) as the valedictorian.Aikeleâ??s mother, Janet, was appointed to a seat in the Idaho State Legislature in 2001. Both grandfathers have served as county commissioners in Idaho, and her great-grandfather Andreas Aikele served as a state senator in the Idaho State Legislature in the 1950s.Ryan White, originally from Post Falls, is the fourth generation in his family to work on Capitol Hill. He will work as a Legislative Correspondent assisting with foreign affairs, energy, intelligence, military, campaign finance, the Idaho National Laboratory, and terrorism. He is a 2001 graduate of the University of Idaho and graduated from Post Falls High School in 1996. White served an intern for both Crapo and Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne. He served as Chief of Staff for Idaho Lt. Governor Jim Risch in 2003.White counts two Idaho 1st District Representatives in his lineage; his grandfather, Compton I. White, Jr., and great-grandfather, Compton I. White, Sr., both served in the U.S. House of Representatives. His grandmother, June Judd, served in the Idaho State Legislature. Linda Norris, State Director of Constituent Services, has been permanently assigned to work out of the Washington, D.C. office. She was previously based in Twin Falls, Idaho. Norris, who has been with Crapo since 1991, will continue with her duties with military affairs and casework, academy nominations, veterans issues, and constituent services.# # #