04.27.09

Enzi Announce Press Additions at HELP

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today announced the addition of two accomplished media professionals, Stephen D. Wymer and AshLee A. Strong, to expand the HELP Committee’s press office.

“As the Congressional agenda focuses more and more on the HELP Committee, I’m sopleased we can add these two impressive folks to our press team. I’m confident their skill andhard work will let us better inform the media and the public.”

The hiring of two additional members for the Committee’s media outreach team signalsSenator Enzi’s strong commitment to keep the public up to date about the important health,education, labor and pensions work the Senate is doing to solve problems facing America’sfamilies. The pair will join Communications Director Craig Orfield and Deputy CommunicationsDirector Michael Mahaffey.

Wymer, who joins the minority staff as Communications Advisor, has served asCommunications Director for former Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO). While working for SenatorAllard, he led media outreach on many issues within the HELP Committee’s area of responsibility, often working to ensure that Western states were not left out of important policy decisions in the Senate.

Wymer began his Senate career working for former Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR), afterholding positions with members of Washington State’s Congressional delegation and theSecretary of State for Washington. His experience also includes service to the US StateDepartment’s Democracy & International Information Programs.

A native of Washington State, Wymer earned a Bachelor’s degree from Washington StateUniversity and studied negotiating at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at HarvardUniversity.

Strong, who joins the staff as Press Assistant, is a former Deputy White House Liaisonfor the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Her previous work includedadvance planning for press conferences and other events in the US and overseas, as well asmedia outreach to the national press corps. Strong also has done substantial work related tohealth care policy, including support for the First Lady’s Helping America’s Youth Initiative.A native of Montana, Strong served as an Intern for former Senator Conrad Burns (RMT)and as a Legislative Intern for Congressman C.L. “Butch” Otter (R-ID). She earned aBachelor’s degree from the University of Montana.

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