Alabama Senator Doug Jones has named, Dana Gresham, the first Democrat Black Chief of Staff in the Senate.
Dana Gresham is an Alabama native & former Asst. Secretary for Governmental Affairs at @USDOT
Sen.-elect Doug Jones (D-Ala.) has hired former transportation official and congressional aide Dana Gresham as his new chief of staff.
Jones will be the only Senate Democrat to have an African-American chief of staff once Gresham comes on board. Two Senate Republicans, Sens. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Jerry Moran of Kansas, have black chiefs of staff.
Gresham previously served as assistant secretary for government affairs at the Department of Transportation, and before that was chief of staff to then-Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.). A graduate of Georgetown University, Gresham is an Alabama native: A tweet Tuesday by Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) referred to him as “Birmingham’s own stand out.”
Jones has made hiring a diverse staff a priority since he staged an upset win over Republican Roy Moore in last month’s special Senate election in Alabama.
Jones’ office announced Gresham and a number of senior staff hires on Tuesday. Mark Libell, formerly an assistant congressional liaison for the Federal Reserve Board who also worked for Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and former Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), will be legislative director. Ann Berry, a former deputy chief of staff to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), is transition advisor. Katie Campbell, another veteran congressional aide who served as an adviser to Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and as policy director for the Blue Dog Coalition, will be deputy legislative director.