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Van Hollen Hires Capitol Hill Veteran as New Chief of Staff

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced this week that he has hired a new chief of staff.

Tricia “Trish” Russell will replace Karen Robb, who has been Van Hollen’s chief of staff since he became a senator in 2017 and also spent several years on Van Hollen’s staff in the House of Representatives.

Most recently, Russell served as chief of staff to Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) as well as the chief of staff to Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.).

Previously she worked for former Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) for a decade, holding a number of leadership positions, handling his work on the House Appropriations Committee, and serving as chief of staff from 2013 to 2016. Russell worked for Israel while he was chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and chairman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee in the House, which she helped launch in 2015.

In 2015, Russell she was named one of the “20 Most Powerful Women Staffers” by National Journal. She holds a B.A. from Syracuse University and an executive education certificate from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

“She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team, and I know she will serve my office and the people of Maryland well,” Van Hollen said in a statement.

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