Alexander Announces New Legislative Director, Communications and Legislative Staff for 116th Congress

Posted on January 17, 2019

WASHINGTON, January 17, 2019 — United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced the following staff changes for the 116th Congress:

Lindsay Garcia will serve as Senator Alexander’s legislative director. Ace Burch will serve as a legislative assistant, focusing on energy, environment and judiciary. Brandon Morton will serve as a legislative assistant on agriculture and small business. Anna Newton will serve as a legislative assistant focusing on natural resources and public lands, transportation, and infrastructure. Will Patterson will serve as a legislative assistant, focusing on defense, foreign affairs and trade policy. Ashton Davies will continue to serve as communications director in Alexander’s personal office, and Taylor Haulsee will continue to serve as communications director of the HELP Committee the senator chairs.

Alexander said: “The next two years are an opportunity to enact two big solutions for American families — to lower the cost of their health care and updating the Higher Education Act to ensure the education students receive is worth their time and money. Every day presents new opportunities to get results on complicated issues from immigration to nuclear energy, and I am grateful to have these talented individuals on my team.”

Alexander is chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee, chairman of the Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and is a member of the Senate’s rules and energy and natural resources committees.

In Alexander’s Senate office, Allison Martin will continue to serve as counsel.

Christina Mandreucci will continue to serve as press secretary.

Bios:

Lindsay Garcia will be Alexander’s legislative director. She joined the Alexander team in 2015 and previously served as Alexander’s energy policy director and chief counsel. Prior to joining the Alexander team, she served as a director at McBee Strategic Consulting. She earned a J.D. from William and Mary Law School and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University. Lindsay and her husband, Sean, have one son and are expecting a daughter this spring.

Ace Burch will be a legislative assistant focusing on energy, environment, and judiciary for Alexander. He worked for Representative Diane Black for four years, focusing on tax, trade, banking, transportation and energy issues. Prior to that, he worked as a campaign coordinator on Representative Chuck Fleischmann’s 2014 campaign. Burch, a Knoxville native, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee. 

Brandon Morton will be a legislative assistant on agriculture and small business. He interned in Senator Alexander’s personal office in 2015 and went on to work for Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) in 2016. He started as a staff assistant in the HELP Committee’s labor policy office before working in Senator Alexander’s personal office as a constituent relations representative, legislative correspondent, and legislative aide covering issues from health care to energy and agriculture policy. He is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, and attended the University of Tennessee.

Anna Newton will be a legislative assistant focusing on natural resources and public lands, transportation, and infrastructure. She joined the Alexander Team in 2016 and previously served as a legislative correspondent and legislative aide. She earned a B.A. from the University of Tennessee. Anna is from Sevierville, Tennessee.

Will Patterson will be a legislative assistant for Alexander, handling trade, foreign relations, defense, veterans and immigration. Will has previously served as legislative aide and legislative correspondent for Alexander. He began working for the senator in 2014 as a staff assistant on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee after serving as an intern in Alexander’s personal office. He earned a B.A. from the University of Tennessee and is currently pursuing a degree from the United States Naval War College. Will is from Nashville and marrying his fiancé, Katherine, in June 2019.

Ashton Davies will continue to serve as communications director in Senator Alexander’s personal office. Davies joined the Alexander team in 2015 and has previously served as Alexander’s press secretary and deputy press secretary. Prior to working in Alexander’s office, she worked for U.S. Senator Bob Corker and at the Republican National Committee. Davies, a Nashville native, graduated from the University of Tennessee where she double majored in communications and political science. She has been married to her husband, Ryan, for three years. 

Taylor Haulsee will continue to serve as the communications director for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Haulsee has previously served as Senator Alexander’s press secretary and as deputy press secretary. He graduated from the University of North Carolina where he majored in economics, and has been married to his wife, Katie, since 2017.

Christina Mandreucci will continue to serve as Senator Alexander’s press secretary. She joined Alexander’s press team in March 2018. Previously she served in communications roles for NASA and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. She is engaged to Rob Noel, a speechwriter for Secretary Mike Pompeo.

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Lamar Alexander is the senior senator from Tennessee, and he serves as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. For his full biography, click here.