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Denny Heck hires two staffers for congressional office with ties to Rep. Dicks

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Nov. 9, 2012 at 11:44 am with No Comments »
November 9, 2012 11:44 am

Congressman-elect Denny Heck announced today he is naming Hart Edmonson, his campaign manager in this year’s hugely successful 10th district campaign, as his chief of staff to run his Washington, D.C., office. He also is naming Jami Burgess, a staffer from retiring U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks’ 6th district office, as his deputy chief of staff.

Heck, an Olympia politician-turned-entrepreneuer, defeated Republican Dick Muri on Tuesday by a 39,116 votes (as of this morning), or 58.4 percent of ballots cast.

Both of Heck’s new hires have ties to Dicks, which could prove helpful as he addresses military issues in the 10th. The newly created congressional district runs from Shelton to Olympia and north to Puyallup and University Place, and the Joint Base Lewis McChord is near its center.

Here is Heck’s release:

Olympia, Washington – Denny Heck, the member-elect from Washington’s new 10th Congressional District, has announced the top two hires for his Washington, D.C. office, to start at the beginning of the 113th Congress in January 2013. Hart Edmonson, who served as Heck’s campaign manager, will be Chief of Staff. Edmonson previously worked for Congressman Norm Dicks handling a portfolio of healthcare, housing and labor policy. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound, where he served as Student Body President, and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University.
Jami Burgess, a Tacoma native and graduate of Stadium High School, will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff. Burgess has worked for Congressman Norm Dicks for over a decade, most recently as his Military Legislative Assistant. She brings with her a deep understanding of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Burgess graduated with a B.A. from American University in Washington D.C. and recently completed the Air Command and Staff College program.
“I feel very fortunate to have Hart and Jami join my new team in D.C. Both are top caliber individuals who know the 10th district and the workings of Congress very well. They will help me hit the ground running in the upcoming challenging session of Congress,” Heck said.
Heck will be the first member of Congress from Washington’s new 10thCongressional district. Heck received more than 58% of the vote on Tuesday night and won every county in the new district. Denny Heck, 60, is an entrepreneur, former State Representative and co-founder of TVW, a statewide public affairs TV channel in Washington State.
Denny attended and graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1973 and has lived in Olympia for the past 26 years with his wife Paula and their two children, Bob and Trey. Denny and Paula, a retired middle school principal, have been married 36 years.

I’m also working on a print story about this and what Heck says about his next challenge: joining a U.S. House body where Republicans have the majority and he’ll have to work with the same “Tea Party” members his campaign complained about.

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