October 17, 2006

Crapo announces legislative staff changes

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announces that he has made several new hires in his Washington, D.C. office and promoted one staffer. Karen Brown is the Senator's new Executive Assistant. The 18-year Capitol Hill veteran most recently served as the Office Manager for the Senate Gift Shop. Brown also worked for the Senate Small Business Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee. She is originally from Sharon, Pennsylvania, and holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Robert Morris College (now Robert Morris University) and a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University. Kelly Cecchittini will serve as a Legislative Correspondent. She completed a summer internship for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist before joining Crapo's staff. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Religious Studies. Cecchittini is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. Katie Downs will also work as a Legislative Correspondent and recently completed her Juris Doctorate at American University, Washington College of Law. Her undergraduate degree was awarded in May 2000 from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. She has served as an intern for Michigan Congressman Dave Camp and Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich. Downs is from Washington, DC. Jennifer May joins Crapo's communications office as Deputy Communications Director. She worked previously as Deputy Press Secretary in the office of California Representative Mary Bono and was an intern at The Heritage Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. May is a native of Redding, California. Eric Rasmussen, who has been on Crapo's staff since August 2003, has been promoted from Legislative Aide to Legislative Assistant, covering health care, Social Security, labor and education. He has previously been a Deputy Press Secretary for Crapo. Rasmussen graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelors of Art in English Literature and is currently attending Georgetown University Law School in the evening. He is originally from St. George, Utah. Luke Tomanelli is a Legislative Correspondent for Crapo and comes to the staff from the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight. The Madison, Connecticut native graduated from Muhlenberg College with a BA in International Studies in 2004 and received his Master's from Lehigh University in Political Science in 2005.