WASHINGTON -- In a reshuffling of his staff, Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, has hired three former aides of ex-Rep. John Ensign, R-Nev., who lost a U.S. Senate race last year.
Among them is Mark Emerson, who will be Cannon's new chief of staff. Emerson was the chief of staff for Ensign and was a former staffer for Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. He was also executive director for the Utah Republican Party in 1994.Cannon said Emerson "has a proven ability to get things done on Capitol Hill. Mark is the ideal leader for the aggressive agenda this office will pursue."
Cannon also hired Windsor Freemyer, who specialized in land and environmental issues for Ensign and who will be a deputy chief of staff for Cannon. Todd Thorpe, who graduated from Utah State University, will be a deputy press secretary.
Leaving Cannon's staff is Steve Taggart, who had served as Cannon's chief of staff until last summer, when he switched to become a counsel who handled Cannon's research into impeachment matters against President Clinton.
He said at that time that he hoped to leave when his work on impeachment ended.
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