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:
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.