Rep-Elect John Rose (R-TN) announced yesterday that former Congressman Van Hilleary (R-TN) has agreed to serve as the new member’s chief of staff. Mr. Hilleary was first elected to the House in 1994 and served four terms before running unsuccessfully for Governor in 2002, losing a tight 51-48% contest to former Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen. As we will remember, Mr. Bredesen ran for Senate this year and fell to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood). Mr. Hilleary also became a US Senate candidate in 2006 but lost the Republican primary to future Sen. Bob Corker (R).
Interestingly, Mr. Hilleary is the second former Congressman returning in a staff role for the next session. Earlier, incoming Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) announced that she has hired former Rep. Ron Barber (D-AZ) to run her district office program.
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