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Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Dec. 10, 2014

As a recount continues to determine whether Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) will overcome his Republican challenger, two staffers have already jumped ship.

A military legislative assistant and legislative correspondent and press assistant have departed this month. Republican Martha McSally leads the race with Barber, the former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) staffer injured in the attack that nearly killed her.

Jeremy Wilson-Simerman served as military legislative assistant beginning in 2012 after a stint as a registered lobbyist for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. He also was a staff assistant and legislative correspondent for Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) between 2006 and 2008.

Julia T. Nash worked for Barber as legislative correspondent and press assistant from 2013 until this month. She started as a legislative correspondent for Barber in 2012 after coming from Sen. Al Franken's (D-Minn.) office.

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Dec. 9, 2014

A onetime congressional staffer is back on the Hill after two years as a registered lobbyist.

Kelli Nelson McMorrow joined Rep. Randy Neugebauer's (R-Texas) office as legislative director last month after leaving Financial Executives International, where she was senior manager of government affairs. She left Congress in 2012 to become director of government relations for the Manufactured Housing Institute, where she also registered to lobby.

McMorrow was a senior legislative assistant to Rep. Donald Manzullo in 2012 after joining the staff as his scheduler in 2007 just after finishing her bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

As a lobbyist, McMorrow advocated on financial and economic issues, including the Affordable Care Act's business impact, and the National Defense Authorization Act.

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Dec. 8, 2014

As members of Congress weigh in on the debate over racial profiling by police, for at least one new Senate staffer, it's personal.

Ivan H. Lee II, who began as staff assistant in Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-W.Va.) office in September, once won a settlement in a case where he alleged racial profiling and unlawful search after a roadside strip search in view of passing cars.

Lee came to Manchin's office after serving as a courtroom clerk in West Virginia and field organizer for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign.  He graduated from High Point University in 2009, and the alleged incident took place during his college years in 2006. 

Lee, who is black, contended in a suit against the City of South Charleston, W.Va. and police that the incident began when an officer confronted him after he stopped to observe a traffic stop of a friend. Following the conversation with the officer, Lee and two passengers drove away but a police car followed them, according to filings.

An officer then pulled Lee over for alleged traffic violations and asked to search the vehicle, which Lee refused. The officer asked him to step out of the car, handcuffed him and patted him down. Officers discovered marijuana in searches of the two passengers, then returned to Lee and strip-searched him without finding any drugs.

A judge dismissed Lee's racial profiling complaint but let other allegations proceed. The case settled in 2009, according to the ACLU of West Virginia.

Protests have broken out nationwide in recent weeks after grand juries decided not to indict in two racially charged cases of deaths at the hands of police officers in New York and Missouri.

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Dec. 5, 2014

A legislative assistant for Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.) has left the soon-to-be-closing office for Lowe's Cos. Inc.

Meredith Preloh spent her five-year congressional career with Coble, beginning as constituent liaison in 2009 before becoming legislative assistant in 2010. Her new title at Lowe's is government affairs manager.

The home improvement chain, which was founded in North Carolina, has lobbied for years on issues ranging from the Marketplace Fairness Act to elements of the Affordable Care Act and lead renovation and repair. The company spent $230,000 on in-house lobbying alone in the third quarter this year.

Preloh earned her bachelor's in communications from Elon University in 2005.

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Dec. 4, 2014

The Kennedy political dynasty may have a new future standard-bearer with one of Ted Kennedy's grandsons, Edward Moore Kennedy III.

Newly released salary records indicate that the youngest Ted Kennedy spent time this summer in Congress through the Senate Page Program. His father, Ted Kennedy Jr., was also elected Nov. 4 to the Connecticut Senate.

But Ted Kennedy III's political ambitions may have started even younger than many of his family members'. He announced his candidacy for the 2044 Senate race five years ago, aged 11, in an interview with New England Cable News.

Senate pages must be high school juniors, at least 16 and attend school.

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