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Dingell Announces Staff Additions and Changes for 113th Congress

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI15) announced the addition of three new staff members to his Dearborn and Washington, D.C. offices. Dingell named new staff additions Derek Dobies as District Administrator, Travis Gonyou as Field Representative, and Christopher Schuler as Communications Director, beginning January 2. Dingell also announced a change in role for Field Representative Mark Cochran, who will now serve as Special Projects Director for the Congressman. Dingell will now represent Michigan's 12th district in the 113th Congress, beginning January 3, 2012.

"It's my job as your representative to do all I can for the working families of Southeast Michigan, and I'm confident that these additions to our staff will best help to do just that," said Dingell. "From providing top-notch constituent service, to ensuring that residents of this district stay informed and know what the federal government is doing on their behalf, I know that Derek, Travis and Christopher will be welcomed additions to our staff as we continue our fight for working families in Michigan and throughout our nation."

Dobies joins Dingell's official staff as District Administrator, where he will oversee and lead staff throughout Michigan's 12th District. Dobies, of Jackson, MI, is familiar with Southeast Michigan, having served as Dingell's Campaign Manager during the 2012 election. Dobies is a graduate of Michigan State University.

Gonyou, also a Dingell campaign alumnus, joins Dingell's official staff as Field Representative for Washtenaw County. Gonyou, of Livonia, MI, joins the staff after serving as Special Projects Coordinator during Dingell's 2012 campaign. Gonyou is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Schuler joins Dingell's official staff as Communications Director, where he will work to keep constituents informed and manage all press and media inquiries in Dingell's Washington office. Schuler, of Concord, NC, previously served as Communications Director and Legislative Assistant for Congressman Larry Kissell (D-NC) from 2009 through 2012.

In addition to the three new staff hires, Dingell also announced a district staffing change for Mark Cochran, who has served as Dingell's Field Representative in the Monroe County and Downriver region. Cochran, of Rockwood, MI, has been tapped to serve as Special Projects Director, where he will continue to serve the people of Southeast Michigan in his new role from Dingell's Dearborn office.

"Mark has been hard at work for the people of this district since he first joined my staff in 2011, and I'm confident he'll continue to assist our constituents in the very best way possible in this new role," added Dingell. "I congratulate him, and look forward to continuing the work of our great team on behalf of the people of Michigan's 12th district."

All staff additions and changes are effective as of January 2, in preparation for the beginning of the 113th Congress, set to commence at Noon on January 3, 2013.

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