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Delaney hires chief, Hill staff

PoliticsElectionsRoscoe G BartlettSteny Hoyer

The newest member of Maryland's congressional delegation has hired two Capitol Hill veterans to lead his office while retaining two members of his campaign staff in key positions.

Democrat John Delaney, who ousted 10-term Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett in last month's election, announced Wednesday he hired John Monsif as his chief of staff. Monsif previously served in that capacity for New York Rep. Louise Slaughter, the top-ranking Democrat on the powerful House Rules Committee.

Lisa Bianco, who previously served as Maryland Rep Steny Hoyer's state political director, will now work as Delaney's district director. Hoyer, the second-highest ranking Democrat in the House, forged a close relationship with Delaney during the general election campaign.

Delaney, a Potomac financier, will keep campaign manger Justin Schall on staff as a senior adviser. Schall was largely credited with turning the first-time candidate's campaign around during the primary. Will McDonald, who served as the press point man during the campaign, will serve as Delaney's communications director.

Delaney will be sworn in Jan. 3.

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