Rep. Bill Enyart (D-Ill.) has hired a new legislative staffer who is is a decorated Afghanistan War veteran.
Ian Staples, a military police captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, has come on board Enyart's staff as a legislative aide. Staples served a year in Afghanistan where he took part in training the Afghan National Army, planned for visits from public officials and foreign dignitaries and briefed senior officers on issues related to detention policy. From his time in the Army, Staples received the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal, both of which are awarded for acts of heroism or merit.
Before joining Enyart's office, Staples gained experience on the Hill interning in the office of Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.). He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Kansas.