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Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Aug. 31, 2015

With a reality TV star and business mogul already leading one side of the race for president in 2016, a multi-millionaire from the music industry had his own announcement on Sunday.

Congressional staffers took to Twitter to react to the news of a Kanye West 2020 campaign. These are their top tweets:

Greg Brooks, communications director, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio):

"So, catching up here ... does Kanye need to file w/ the FEC in the next 15 days?"

Aaron Fritschner, staff assistant, Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.):

"Announcing for 2020 now is a brilliant move by Kanye, will freeze the donors and give him plenty of time to work precinct captains in Iowa."

Michael Lambert, staff assistant, Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.):

 "I, personally, think Kanye would make a better Fed Chair, but that's me."

Erica Arbetter, digital coordinator, House Natural Resources Committee:

"Not going to lie, I am getting pretty excited thinking of all the ways to explore a Kanye West Wing (ie. Kim and Kanye take the Kapitol)"

Jack Minor, communications director, Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.):

"Can't wait to here Kayne's 2020 policy proposal on how to stop gold diggers." 

Rich Luchette, communications director, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.):

"Alert NORAD: Kanye is becoming self-aware" 

Matthew Moberly, caseworker, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.):

"Kanye West is what happens when you don't have people in your life to tell you that sometimes, you are an idiot. #listentothekidsbro"

Josh Delaney, legislative fellow, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.):

"MTV producers are freaking out about whether to cut Kanye West's TED Talk short. #theVMAs" 

Phil Innamorato, constituent advocate, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.):

"Kanye West declares his candidacy for President? Excellent! Looking forward to the GOP being in the White House until at least 2025!" 

Flaka Ismaili, staff assistant, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.):

"Kanye West announced he's running for president in 2020, and I legit got tears in my eyes. And it's for the opposite reason of being excited" 

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Aug. 28, 2015

Things are heating up in the office of Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii).

A climate and energy associate at the World Resources Institute has changed jobs to cover the same issues on Capitol Hill. Michael Obeiter rejoins the Senate after a three-year absence, this time with the title of legislative assistant working on energy and environmental protection issues.

He last worked in the Senate as a professional staff member with the Senate Budget Committee, starting in 2009 after departing as research manager at World Energy Solutions Inc.

Obeiter served as a senior associate on the Global Climate Program at WRI and has testified on energy issues before Congress. He has a 2004 bachelor's in mathematics and history from Williams College and a 2007 master's in economics, environmental and energy policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Aug. 27, 2015

The North American National Securities Administrators Association has a new counsel fresh from working as a counsel in the Senate.

Mark Stewart has left his position as legislative counsel on health care in the office of Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) for a job with the association, which advocates to protect investors. The organization has registered to lobby recently on financial institutions and investments issues.

Stewart started in Kirk's office as a legal fellow last year and has a JD from the George Washington University Law School. He also earned a 2008 MBA in finance from the University of Indianapolis and a degree in financial counseling and planning from Purdue University.

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Aug. 26, 2015

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) has hired a government relations associate who lobbied on behalf of sportsmen, conservation and wildfire funding. 

Alex Schenck comes to Sullivan's office as a legislative correspondent after working as government relations associate at the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. The organization seeks to guarantee quality places for hunting and fishing, following Roosevelt's conservation mission.

Schenck registered to lobby last year for the partnership, but has also worked on the Hill before as an intern. He worked in the office of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska).

Sullivan's new staffer holds a 2012 bachelor's in history from High Point University. 

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Aug. 25, 2015

A longtime legislative staffer for Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) has exited the Hill for a government affairs position with the left-leaning Center for American Progress.

Sabrina De Santiago has worked in both chambers of Congress for more than a decade, beginning as a legislative correspondent with Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) shortly after graduating from Brown University in 2000. For the last six years, she has worked as a legislative assistant and senior legislative assistant for Udall.

De Santiago joins the progressive policy organization, formerly headed by President Bill Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta, as director of government affairs. She covered a variety of issues for Udall, including transportation, taxation, commerce and economics and public finance.

The think tank has not filed a lobbying disclosure but advocates for progressive solutions for the economy and has sponsored several privately funded trips. 

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