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Kerry Feehery named chief of staff to Sen. George LeMieux



Kerry Feehery was named today as U.S. Sen. George LeMieux's chief of staff, topping a list of senior staffers for Florida's new lawmaker.

Vivian Myrtetus will serve as deputy COS; Ben Moncrief will serve as general counsel; Michael Zehr will serve as legislative director; Ken Lundberg will serve as communications director; and Carlos Curbelo will serve as state director.

“This group has diverse and extensive experience serving Florida at various levels of government,” said LeMieux. “My chief of staff has worked for two U.S. senators from Florida and our governor. Kerry and the rest of the team will bring the kinds of insight and problem-solving skills that will benefit the people of our state.” Full bios below.

Kerry Feehery was most recently the director of Florida’s Washington office under Gov. Charlie Crist. Before that, she served as communications director for former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.). Feehery was a staff member on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee under Sen. Don Nickles (R-Oka.), communications director for the Electronic Industries Alliance, and also worked in various capacities for former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack (R-Fla.).

Vivian Myrtetus recently served as vice president of CoreMessage, a public relations and government affairs firm based in Florida.  Previously, Vivian was a top adviser and communications director for Gov. Crist and held a variety of governmental affairs and communications roles with the Attorney General's Office, the Department of Education, and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Before joining the public sector, Vivian started her career in South Florida, where she spent years managing broadcast news operations at several top-rated TV stations and graduated cum laude from San Francisco State University and with honors from Miami Dade College.

Ben Moncrief served as legal counsel to former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) and as chief counsel to the Senate Aging Committee. Before coming to work in the Senate, Ben served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge James H. Hancock and spent several years as a commercial litigator with the regional law firm of Bradley Arant Rose & White LLP (now Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP).  Born in Pensacola, Ben holds degrees from Birmingham-Southern College (B.A., 1999), the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (M.Litt., 2000), and the University of Virginia Law School (J.D., 2003).
Michael Zehr has served in the U.S. Senate for 10 years in a variety of roles including minority staff director for the U.S. Senate’s Special Committee on Aging, legislative director for former Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) of Florida, legislative assistant for Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and legislative assistant for Sen. Tim Hutchinson of Arkansas. He has earned master's degrees in national security and biotechnology from the U.S. Naval War College and Johns Hopkins University, and he received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia.
Before joining Sen. LeMieux’s office, Ken Lundberg served as press secretary and communications director to Sen. Mel Martinez, communications director for the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging, and as communications director to U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Jacksonville). Before his public service, he worked as a broadcast journalist covering Congress for several state news networks. He earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Boston University, graduating summa cum laude.

Carlos Curbelo is the founder of Capitol Gains, a public and media relations firm in Miami. Throughout his career, Curbelo has served as strategist and spokesman for several campaigns and candidates including Sen. John McCain, Sen. Fred Thompson, Gov. Crist, and Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart. Curbelo graduated from the University of Miami School of Business with a major in political science and will be leading the senator's efforts in the state.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:20pm]


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