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US Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announces key staff

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Posted: Friday, February 8, 2013 11:36 am

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) today announced key staff in his Washington, D.C. office. He has named Brooke Bacak legislative director, Amanda Carpenter senior communications advisor and speechwriter, Catherine Frazier press secretary, Scott Keller chief counsel, Max Pappas senior economist and director of outreach and Sean Rushton communications director. He previously announced Chip Roy his chief of staff.

Brooke Bacak, Legislative Director: Bacak formerly served as U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) Senate Judiciary Committee chief counsel as well as on the staffs of Sens. Kyl and Sessions. Before returning to Washington to join Sen. Cruz, she was an assistant dean at the University of Alabama School of Law. Brooke holds a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Amanda Carpenter, Senior Communications Advisor and Speechwriter: Carpenter was previously senior communications advisor and speechwriter to U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC). In 2011, The Washington Post named her one of the “Top 10 Capitol Hill Staffers to watch.” In 2009, Politico named her as one of the top five "best new TV pundits." She is formerly a columnist, reporter and blogger for the Washington Times. Carpenter has also worked as national political reporter for Townhall.com and as a Capitol Hill reporter for Human Events. She received a bachelor’s degree in communications studies from Ball State University.

Catherine Frazier, Press Secretary: Frazier most recently served as press secretary to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, for whom she has worked since 2007. She was also deputy press secretary to his presidential primary campaign and in the Governor's Office during Texas' 2011 legislative session. Prior to that, she was deputy communications director to Gov. Perry's 2010 general election campaign and deputy press secretary during the 2010 primary campaign. Frazier grew up in Houston, Texas and received bachelor’s degrees in government and public relations from the University of Texas at Austin.

Scott Keller, Chief Counsel: Keller is an attorney from Austin, Texas, where he most recently practiced at Yetter Coleman LLP. Scott clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, was a Bristow Fellow in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Solicitor General, and clerked for Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Scott holds a law degree from the University of Texas and a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Purdue University.

Max Pappas, Senior Economist and Director of Outreach: Pappas most recently served as vice president of public policy and government affairs at FreedomWorks, as well as executive director and treasurer of the FreedomWorks PAC. He began his career at the Cato Institute and worked for several years with best-selling author PJ O’Rourke. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

Sean Rushton, Communications Director: Rushton most recently worked on the Cruz campaign as senior advisor for communications. Previously, he was director of corporate communications at Mission Essential Personnel, LLC, communications director at the U.S. Small Business Administration, executive director of C. Boyden Gray’s Committee for Justice, media director at Citizens Against Government Waste, press secretary for U.S. Rep. Bill Archer (R-TX), and deputy press secretary for U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA). He has bachelor and master’s degrees from Georgetown University.

Sen. Cruz also announced key Texas assignments this week:

John Drogin, State Director: Drogin served as campaign manager for Cruz. He previously worked on both of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s Senate campaigns in 2002 and 2008, and served as his Senate press secretary in Washington, DC for over five years. Prior to that, Drogin was a journalist in Rome for two years covering the Vatican and world affairs.

Katharine McAden, Deputy State Director: Katharine Priddy McAden served most recently as Operations Director on Sen. Cruz’s campaign. Her other experience includes nearly five years with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s Austin regional office, Legislative Director for State Representative ‘Four’ Price, and statewide political campaigns of Attorney General Greg Abbott, Sen. John Cornyn, and a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission. Katharine is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and a Dallas native.

Jonathon McClellan, State Outreach Director: Jonathon has a background in political campaigns and legislative work, having worked on a presidential campaign, for the Governor of Texas, as a Chief of Staff in the Texas House of Representatives and numerous statewide and local races across the great state of Texas. Most recently Jonathon served as the Political Director for Sen. Cruz’s successful primary, primary runoff and general election campaigns. Jonathon McClellan is a proud graduate of Baylor University who married his college sweetheart Sarah. They reside in Austin, Texas with their two dogs, Hank and Lucy.

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