Rep.-elect Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, officially announced his staff hires in both his District 11 and Washington, D.C. offices. Strong and qualified staff is considered vital for any member of Congress but freshmen, in particular, need smart and well-connected personnel in order to promote their policies and help their constituents.
Erich Pfuehler, the recent California director of Clean Water Action and former chief of staff to Rep. David Bonior, D-Michigan (D-MI) will be his chief of staff located in the district. Pfuehler helped lead the environmentalists’ voter registration drive in San Joaquin County leading up to the mid-term elections.
Angela Kouters, a political staffer at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and former aide to Sen. Fritz Hollings, D-South Carolina, will serve as his Washington chief of staff.
Additionally, Nick Holder will be joining the staff as legislative director after having served for several years as a senior legislative assistant to Rep. Tim Bishop, D-New York.
Andy Stone will become the congressman’s communication director. Most recently, Stone has worked as a communications strategist at M + R Strategic Services consulting on California Treasurer Phil Angelides’ recent campaign for governor.
Angel Picon will work as McNerney’s regional district director in Stockton.
Also joining the staff in Washington, D.C. are Tobin Dietrich, Teresa Frison and Andreas Mueller serving respectively as legislative assistant, scheduler and legislative aide, and staff assistant.