Delaney hires chief, Hill staff

WASHINGTON -- The newest member of Maryland's congressional delegation has hired two Capitol Hill veterans to run his office while retaining two members of his campaign staff in key positions.

Democrat John Delaney, who ousted 10-term Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett in last month's election, announced Wednesday he hired John Monsif as his chief of staff. Monsif previously served in that capacity for New York Rep. Louise Slaughter, the top-ranking Democrat on the powerful House Rules Committee.

Lisa Bianco, who previously served as Maryland Rep Steny Hoyer's state political director, will now work as Delaney's district director. Hoyer, the second-highest ranking Democrat in the House, forged a close relationship with Delaney during the general election campaign.

Will McDonald, who served as the press point man during the campaign, will serve as Delaney's communications director. Campaign manger Justin Schall will work as a senior adviser, but will not  serve on Delaney's congressional staff. Schall was largely credited with turning the first-time candidate's campaign around during the primary. 

Delaney, a Potomac financier, will be sworn in Jan. 3.


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