Congressman Keith Ellison

Representing the 5th District of Minnesota

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Rep. Ellison Announces New Chief of Staff

May 8, 2017
Press Release

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement announcing Kari Moe will step down as Chief of Staff and that Donna Cassutt will take over: 

“When Dr. Kari Moe notified me that she would be stepping down as my Chief of Staff after 10-plus years of service, I didn't know how we would replace her. Perhaps she can’t be replaced.  But after an intensive process,  I am happy to announce that Donna Cassutt will take over as Chief of Staff.
"When I was first elected to Congress, many of my friends and colleagues said the one thing I had to do was hire a great Chief of Staff. For more than 10 years, Kari has been more than great. She has been irreplaceable. Her experience working for two of my personal heroes, Senator Paul Wellstone, and Mayor Harold Washington, assured that she would bring a commitment to progressive values, activism, and organizing skill. Kari has exceeded all expectations in her role as lead staffer for my office. She has, perhaps more than anyone, shaped my Congressional career. She has helped us serve the 5th Congressional District, advance our policy agenda, and build the work of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. We have worked together every step of the way and I have appreciated her leadership. I will miss her and know she will continue to advance our agenda in her future work with young leaders.
"With Donna Cassutt stepping in as my new Chief of Staff, my office will continue to advance our commitment to the politics of generosity and inclusion. Like Kari, Donna brings a history of organizing and activism, previously serving as the Executive Director of Minnesotans for a Fair Economy and the Associate Chair of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. Her deep ties to Minnesota and knowledge of fighting for working people means that Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District will continue seeing the level of representation and service they are accustomed to.  I am excited that she will be joining my DC Office and I look forward to her leadership.
"I’m also proud to announce that District Director Jamie Long will be promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff. Previously serving as Legislative Director and then District Director, Jamie has been an indispensable member of my team. We have one of the most active District Offices in Congress, and Jamie has made sure we are in constant communication with constituents and responsive to their needs. I know he will bring the same work ethic and passion to this expanded role."