Charlie Crist turns to experienced D.C. hand for chief of staff
U.S. Rep.-elect Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, has picked an experienced Washington hand to serve as his chief of staff rather than going with a local political operator as many members do.
Austin Durrer, who spent nearly 13 years working for Democratic former U.S. Rep. Jim Moran of northern Virginia, will lead the former governor's Washington office. Durrer currently serves as chief of staff of the U.S. Commerce Department's Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA), overseeing the Department's data technology mission.
“Austin brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and a strong, steady hand to this important position. He's an impact player who will build our team in Washington with a laser-like focus on serving the people of Pinellas County." said Crist in a statement
"It's an honor and a privilege to work for Gov. Crist on behalf of Pinellas County,” said Durrer, 37. “He's no ordinary freshman, and someone who has dedicated his life to looking out for the little guy. I look forward to helping advance his agenda of bringing common sense solutions to Washington, to bridge the political divide, serving as the voice for the people of Pinellas County on Capitol Hill."
Durrer has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Political Science and Economics.