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Crapo Announces Staff Promotions and Appointments

Promotions and new hires occur in senior leadership, legislative teams and front office staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, today announced a number of changes in his Washington, D.C., office staff who will support his work on behalf of the State of Idaho and its people 

Kellie McConnell has been promoted to serve as Crapo’s Deputy Legislative Director, and will take on the responsibility of overseeing the legislative activities of Senator Crapo’s office.  Previously, McConnell served Idahoans as Crapo’s legislative assistant responsible for overseeing several issues including health care, Medicare and Medicaid, domestic violence, and labor.  McConnell, a native of Charlottesville, Virginia, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Denison University.  McConnell was promoted following the retirement of Legislative Director Kenneth Flanz, who served Crapo for more than 20 years, beginning when Crapo was a member of the House of Representatives. 

Also receiving promotions are Rebecca Alcorn and Bethany Carter from their roles as Legislative Aides to Legislative Assistants, and Andrew Roan to Legislative Correspondent.  Alcorn, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from North Carolina State University.  She will have responsibility over issues including education, labor, the federal judiciary and law enforcement, and social security.  Carter, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama in Political Science and Classics.  She will cover issues of defense, energy, foreign affairs, and veterans affairs.  Roan, a native of Boise, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle East and North African Politics and Government from Colby College.  He will assume responsibilities for foreign affairs as well as national security, cyber security policy and government operations issues.  Before his promotion,  Roan served as a staff assistant. 

The newest members of Senator Crapo’s team include Molly Eastman as Legislative Correspondent, and Amy Agenbroad and Ellie Bender as Staff Assistants. 

Eastman, a native of Jackson, Wyoming, holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia.  She will be responsible for issues including education, health care, and social security.  She previously served as the staff assistant and tour coordinator in the office of Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming). 

Agenbroad, a native of Nampa, holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Idaho and previously served as an intern in Senator Crapo’s Washington, D.C., office. She will assume responsibilities for arranging tours for Idahoans visiting Washington.  Bender, a native of Fountain, Colorado, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boise State University.  While at Boise State, Bender served as an intern in Crapo’s Boise office.  She will be responsible for coordinating requests for flags flown over the U.S. Capitol and for assisting in the management and operation of the Washington office.  Both Agenbroad and Bender will greet office visitors and be the first voice many Idahoans hear when calling the Washington office.


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