Personnel note: Cong. Dennis Ross names Anthony Foti his new chief of staff; welcomes four other new staff members

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U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross formally announced Anthony Foti as his new Chief of Staff, and welcomed three new staff members to his Washington, D.C. office and one new staff member to his Lakeland office.

Amie Woeber will serve as the Legislative Director, Kyle Glenn as a Legislative Analyst, and Katie Hughes as the Communications Director. Woeber, Glenn, and Hughes will be based out of the D.C. office. Laura Rodriguez will serve as a Constituent Services-Outreach Representative in his Lakeland office.

“I am grateful that Anthony accepted the position as my Chief of Staff, and am thankful for the addition of these experienced staffers who will join our team,” said Ross. “Their breadth of knowledge and commitment to public service will be invaluable as we continue to serve the great people of central Florida and work toward building a stronger United States of America.”

Anthony Foti has served Rep. Ross as his Deputy Chief of Staff since 2011. Prior to serving Rep. Ross, he was a Senior Advisor at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, L.L.P. He has also served as the District Director for former U.S. Rep. Bill Paxon (NY-27), was a Transition Advisory Committee Coordinator for the Bush-Cheney Presidential Transition, and was the Director of External Affairs for the 2008 Republican National Convention.

Amie Woeber, a native Floridian, has joined the Ross office as Legislative Director. She has been on and off the Hill for almost ten years, most notably serving as Legislative Director for former U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite. In her capacity as Legislative Director, she and the legislative team will help implement the Congressional priorities of Rep. Ross.

Kyle Glenn will join the Ross office as a Legislative Analyst. He most recently worked for U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent as his Legislative Assistant, focusing on Armed Services, Veterans, Judiciary, Education, and Labor issues. He also served as Rep. Rich Nugent’s campaign manager in 2010, and as a Legislative Correspondent for former U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite.

Katie Hughes will join the Ross office as Communications Director.  She has most recently served U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (IN-06) as his Press Secretary. She also served as a Press Assistant for the House Republican Conference during the 111th Congress.

Laura Rodriguez will join the Ross office as Constituent Services–Outreach Representative. Rodriguez has worked for Florida State Senator Paula Dockery as her Chief Legislative Aide, serving her throughout her term as senator.

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