Personnel note: Congressman Dennis Ross adds two staffers

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Congressman Dennis Ross today announced the addition of two staff members to his Washington, DC office. Melissa Gierach will serve as a Legislative Analyst. She will start Monday, April 15. Grafton Pritchartt started serving as the Washington, D.C. Scheduler this past January. 

“The addition of these two staff members is crucial to the effective and efficient functioning of our office. Melissa’s background in health care and Grafton’s attention to detail will serve the constituents of Florida’s 15th District well, and I’m thankful to have them as members of our team,” said Ross. 

Melissa Gierach will join the Ross office as a Legislative Analyst focused on health care, energy, ways and means, and education issues.  Previously, she served former U.S. Reps. John Sullivan and Cliff Stearns as a Legislative Advisor and a Legislative Correspondent, respectively.  Gierach also was a laboratory manager at Florida State University. She graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Physiology and earned her master’s degree from the George Washington University in Health Policy and Health Economics. 

Grafton Pritchartt joined the Ross office this January as D.C. Scheduler. Prior to joining the team, she served U.S. Rep. Tom Price as his staff assistant, coordinating opportunities for constituents during their visits to Washington, D.C. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2010 with degrees in Journalism and Public Relations.

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