Sen.-elect Jacky Rosen named her senior staff Wednesday, including her top aide from the House, a former Harry Reid staffer and a former assemblyman and failed secretary of state candidate.
“I am thrilled to have such an impressive and diverse group of individuals join my team in both my Nevada and Washington offices,” Rosen, a Democrat, said in a release.
Rosen defeated Republican incumbent Sen. Dean Heller in November to become the second woman to represent Nevada in the Senate. She is set to be sworn in on Thursday, the first day of the 116th Congress, the two-year legislative session.
Chief of staff Dara Cohen moves to the Senate with Rosen from the House, where she managed Rosen’s DC and district staff, guided legislative priorities and oversaw the constituent services operation.
A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Georgetown University, where she received a master’s in public policy, Cohen has worked for more than a decade in government. Prior to working for Rosen, she served as chief of staff for California Democratic Rep. Norma Torres and deputy chief of staff for one-term Illinois Democratic Rep. Bill Enyart.
Before joining Rosen’s office as deputy chief of staff, Jorge Silva served as vice president for communications at the Latino Victory Fund, a political action committee geared towards electing Hispanic candidate.
Silva also worked for Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign as the national director for Hispanic media, and led national. Prior to his stint with Clinton, he worked for Senate Majority Leader Reid as senior advisor for Hispanic media and spokesperson.
Ex-Assemblyman Nelson Araujo will be Rosen’s state director. He ran for secretary of state in November, but lost to Republican incumbent Barbara Cegavske by a narrow 0.66 percentage points, the only Democrat to lose a Nevada statewide election this year.
Rosen also tapped her legislative director in the House, Grant Dubler, to serve the same role in her Senate office. Prior to working for Rosen, Dubler served for three years on the legislative staff of Florida Democratic Rep. Lois Frankel and was previously a law clerk for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights.
John Fossum will serve as Rosen’s administrative director. He previously worked for four other Senators, including Reid.