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Kamala Harris names first staffers for her U.S. Senate office

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Senator-elect Kamala Harris is making her first hiring move, announcing Wednesday that her chief deputy in the attorney general's office, Nathan Barankin, will be her chief of staff when she replaces Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in November.

"Nathan has been my trusted advisor and right hand for many years in the Attorney General’s office. He is an exceptional lawyer, legislative expert, and career public servant. He has served three different Attorneys General of California in executive roles and has worked as a constitutional litigator and an advisor to the California Senate leadership for many years. I look forward to continuing to work with Nathan in the United States Senate,” Harris said in a statement.

New senators are sworn in Jan. 3. Harris also announced half a dozen people to help set up her new office, including advisors Debbie Mesloh, Michael Troncoso and Tony West.

Also helping from Harris' camp is director of scheduling and operations Cortney Bright; deputy campaign manager Jill Habig; campaign manager Juan Rodriguez; advisors Brian E. Nelson, Matthew Spence, Hillary Blout and Lane Dilg; as well as press secretary Nathan Click.

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