Rep. George Miller Announces Several Staff Changes

Jan 9, 2013 Issues: District Matters

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman George Miller (D-CA) announced today several staff changes in his personal office.   Miller represents the newly drawn 11th District of California and serves as the senior Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

“I am very excited to begin the 113th Congress with a strong team in place to fight for a strong middle class, a clean environment, and to strive to meet the expectations of the people of Contra Costa County,” Miller said.  “I appreciate the hard work and creativity each of my staff brings to their jobs and I look forward to many successes with them this Congress.”

Giving direction. Legislative Director: Daniel Mauer is now Miller’s Legislative Director. He has worked for Miller since 2009 handling finance, defense, and transportation issues.  Prior to joining Miller’s office, Mauer staffed Rep. Al Green (D-TX) on the Financial Services Committee in addition to covering labor and appropriations issues.  Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, Mauer graduated from Brandeis University in Massachusetts in 2006.  He replaces long-time Miller aide Ben Miller, who started this month as chief of staff to newly elected Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA).

Joining the team.  Legislative Assistant: Jacqueline Silvers joins the office as Miller’s environmental Legislative Assistant to focus on climate change, energy, California water, and other related issues.  Silvers recently completed a year-long fellowship in several offices of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. as part of her Master’s in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.  She worked in the EPA’s offices of Congressional Affairs, the Air Enforcement Division of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, and the Office of International and Tribal Affairs.  A native of Los Angeles, California, Silvers received her B.A. from University of California Berkeley and her law degree from the University of Southern California Law School.

Moving up.  Press Secretary / Legislative Assistant: Peter Whippy is Miller’s new Press Secretary and Legislative Assistant, handling, among other issues, judiciary and crime. An East Bay native of Alamo, California, Whippy joined Miller’s D.C. office in 2010 and has been an intern, staff assistant, office manager, and legislative correspondent. He received a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Service from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2010.

Moving west. Field Representative:  Amy Peake is leaving Washington, D.C. to become Miller’s Field Representative for the central and southern portions of Contra Costa County.  Peake has been Miller’s Press Secretary and Legislative Assistant since 2008. A native of southern California, Peake attended the University of California Davis where she studied Communications. Peake worked for the City of Vacaville before coming to Washington where she joined Miller’s staff.  Peake fills the position left vacant by the retirement of Kathy Hoffman, Miller’s long-time Field Representative in Solano County, an area Miller no longer represents.  

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