Lauren Victoria Burke, Associated Press
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, listens during a Senate Armed Services Committee on July 21, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lee has named a new chief of staff to replace Boyd Matheson, who is stepping down to work on the senator's re-election campaign.

SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Mike Lee has named a new chief of staff to replace Boyd Matheson, who is stepping down to work on the senator's re-election campaign.

Allyson Bell, who has been Lee's administrative director since he took office in 2011, will take over the job in January.

Lee said Bell is respected and admired as a results-driven leader in Utah and Washington.

"Her ties to rural Utah and her leadership service to the business community will also help our continued outreach to the people of Utah,” he said in a statement.

Bell spent 12 years working for former Gov. Mike Leavitt in Utah and Washington, including as director of scheduling and advance at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and director of advance for the Environmental Protection Agency. Leavitt headed both agencies.

In Utah, Bell worked on special projects, including the governor’s galas and Olympic events. She headed Leavitt's 2000 re-election campaign. She has also worked on gubernatorial and Senate races in Maryland, Virginia, Nevada and Florida.

Bell described Lee's work in Washington as exciting and impressive.

“I have witnessed firsthand the way he is transforming the way Washington works and how his policy entrepreneurship is elevating the dialogue and direction of Congress. I am determined to help every Utahn see what he is doing for our state," she said.

Matheson will continue as a Lee re-election campaign consultant. He will also work as a consultant for other candidates. He has worked for Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, in the past.

"The senator has assembled a team in Washington and in Utah that is second to none," Matheson said.

Lee, he said, is leading bipartisan efforts in the Senate, including the USA Freedom Act, criminal justice reform and patent reform that are making a real difference.

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