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Rogers Announces Key Staff Changes for the 113th Congress

Names Andrew Hawkins as Chief of Staff, Allan Filip as District Director

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Washington, Jan 14, 2013 | Kelsey Knight | comments

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, MI-08, has announced several key staff changes in his office for the 113th Congress.

Former Chief of Staff and Michigan native Andy Keiser will continue with Congressman Rogers at the House Intelligence Committee as a Senior Advisor. Andrew Hawkins, a Michigan native and Michigan State University graduate, will step into the Chief of Staff role after working for Congressman Rogers since 2007.

“I am pleased to continue having a Spartan serve as my Chief of Staff; Andrew has done a tremendous job and will continue to do so in this new role.” Rogers said.  

Allan Filip will join Congressman Rogers as the District Director in Rogers’ Lansing office.

Rogers also stated, “Allan’s many years of experience in business and with the Michigan Republican Party will ensure we do not miss a beat with our constituent service mission in the 8th District.”

The Congressman also welcomes Kelsey Knight as his Communications Director and Adrian Foster as his new Defense Legislative Fellow to his D.C. office.  Diane Rinaldo, former Policy Advisor for Rogers, has been promoted to Legislative Director, overseeing the Congressman’s entire legislative portfolio.  Meghan Drenan has added health care to her portfolio at the Energy and Commerce Committee while continuing to serve as Legislative Counsel. Shannon Brown has been promoted to Legislative Assistant, Pat McGlone has been promoted to Legislative Correspondent and Paula Silverman will serve as Staff Assistant following an internship in Rogers’ office.

Filip is currently Chief Development Officer at Work Skills Corporation, an employment services firm in Brighton which helps train and support mid-Michigan job seekers. He also served as the 8th District Chair for the Michigan Republican Party.  In this role Allan worked to strengthen outreach efforts in Ingham, Livingston, and Oakland Counties.  Allan also worked at the Michigan Republican Party for two years.  This followed his successful 15-year career in the paper and packaging business.

Hawkins has handled the Energy and Commerce Committee health portfolio since 2009 and served as Legislative Director since 2010. He grew up in Traverse City, Mich., and graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy. He worked in the Michigan Legislature before joining Rogers’ office in 2007.

Rinaldo, a graduate of the University of Maine, has worked in Senate and House offices, managing telecommunications and technology as well as energy and automotive issues. Off the Hill, she was a Vice President at Cassidy & Associates; she focused on the areas of telecommunications, energy, and international relations.

Knight, a Washingtonian, just moved back from Lansing, Michigan where she served as the Communications Director for the Romney for President Campaign in Michigan. Prior to the campaign she worked at The Chertoff Group, for Congressman Sam Johnson and in the White House under the Bush Administration. Knight holds a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science from The University of Arizona.

Foster is an active duty officer in the United States Army and has served in the military for the past 13 years.  He has held various positions throughout his military career ranging from platoon and company level leadership positions to battalion staff as an operations officer.  He also served two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Drenan earned her undergraduate degree from Miami University in Ohio, majoring in Political Science and History. She graduated from the St. Louis School of Law in May of 2009 and in July of 2009 passed the California bar exam.

Brown, a native of Davison, Mich., graduated from Michigan State University, majoring in Public Policy. She started in the Rogers’ office August 2010.

McGlone graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. with a degree in Mass Communications with a focus on business journalism. He interned in Rogers’ office from September-December 2010, before becoming a staff assistant in January 2011.

Silverman, a graduate from Kalamazoo College with a degree in Economics, submitted her senior thesis based on issues impacting Michigan small businesses. She has been an intern in Rogers’ D.C. office since September and hails from Ann Arbor.

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