Senator-elect Doug Jones announces several senior staff hires

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Senator-elect Doug Jones on Tuesday announced the hiring of several key senior staff positions.

Jones named Dana Gresham as his Chief of Staff, Sonceria Ann Bishop-Berry as his Transition Advisor, Mark Libell as his Legislative Director and Katie Campbell as his Deputy Legislative Director 

“Today I’m proud to announce that we have recruited four outstanding individuals to join our team,” said Jones. “Each of them possess long and impressive careers in public service, and as Alabama natives, share my commitment to the people of our state.” 

Chief of Staff: Dana Gresham  

Birmingham-native Dana Gresham will take the helm of Jones’ new office. A product of the Birmingham public school system, Gresham graduated from A. H. Parker High School in 1989 and went on to earn his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.

A seasoned manager and federal policy and legislative affairs expert with over twenty-two years of experience in the Legislative and Executive Branches of the U.S. Government, Gresham spent the last eight years serving in the Obama Administration. There he led the Legislative Affairs Office at the U.S. Department of Transportation where he served as the Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs. He was nominated for this position by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate in the spring of 2009.

Additionally, he has over fourteen years of Capitol Hill experience. For eleven of his fourteen years working on Capitol Hill, he served in senior staff positions within the Alabama Congressional Delegation. Specifically, for six years, Mr. Gresham served as Chief of Staff to Representative Artur Davis and for five years he served first as Legislative Assistant and then Legislative Director for Representative Bud Cramer. He began his career on Capitol Hill as a Staff Assistant for Representative Eva Clayton from North Carolina.

Immediately prior to joining Jones’s staff, he worked in the private sector as a consultant for Federal City Council.

Legislative Director: Mark Libell 

A native of Florence, Ala., Libell previously served as Legislative Director to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia. Since Senator Rockefeller’s retirement in 2014, Libell has been Assistant Congressional Liaison at the Federal Reserve Board. He has also worked for Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, and Representatives Bart Gordon of Tennessee and Linda Sanchez of California.  

He got his undergraduate degree from from Maryville College and received his JD from the University of Alabama School of Law and a Tax LLM from Georgetown University Law Center. 

Transition Advisor: Sonceria Ann Bishop-Berry

Another Birmingham-native Bishop-Berry moved to Washington, D.C. in 1979 to work for the late Senator Howell Heflin. Since the retirement of the Senator, she worked for many Senators including Daniel Patrick Moynihan, John Edwards, Tom Carper and as Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Patrick Leahy. Ann has a wealth of Capitol Hill experience and she and the Senator-elect worked together on the Heflin team many years ago.

Bishop-Berry graduated from J.H. Phillips High School and the University of North Alabama. 

Deputy Legislative Director: Katie Campbell 

Katie Campbell is a native of Montevallo, Ala. She earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and earned a Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University.  

Campbell has extensive legislative experience having worked for members in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, most recently handling health policy for Senator Joe Donnelly and serving as the policy director for the Blue Dog Coalition.

Jones will be sworn-in to the U.S. Senate by Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, Jan. 3.

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  1. Cassandra Williamson on

    Impressive people.

    Now Sen. Jones should consider bringing me on as his veteran/military affairs, and LGBT coordinator.

    Cassandra Leigh Williamson
    Veteran – USN, USMC, Naval Academy grad (1984), parent, grandparent, and open & public transgender woman.

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