Alexander Names Morgenstern Legislative Director

Posted on May 18, 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that David Morgenstern has joined his staff as legislative director. Morgenstern has a decade of experience working in campaigns, in the private sector and on Capitol Hill. “David brings a good mix of private sector and Hill experience to our staff,” said Alexander. “I am pleased that he will be leading our legislative team as we focus on important issues such as clean energy, better schools and colleges, and better jobs for Tennesseans and Americans.” Morgenstern, 34, worked for the late Sen. Paul Coverdell (R-GA) as a legislative correspondent and campaign aide. He also served as finance director and political director for two GOP congressional candidates in Georgia in 1992 and 1994. Last year, he was dispatched to South Dakota as a member of the NRSC task force to work on freshman Sen. John Thune’s (R-SD) campaign. In the private sector, he served as a litigation associate for Schmeltzer, Aptaker and Shepard in Washington, D.C. and for Rudnick and Wolfe in Chicago, Illinois. Before joining Alexander’s staff, he served as legal counsel and legislative assistant to Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI). “As someone who supported Sen. Alexander’s bid for president, I am very excited to be joining his Senate staff,” said Morgenstern. “I have heard great things about the Alexander offices in Washington and Tennessee and look forward to becoming part of the team.” Morgenstern is a 1992 summa cum laude graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he received a bachelor of administration in political science. While at Emory, he received the Elliott Levitas Award for accomplishment in political science. In 1997 he received his JD from Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina where he was a Neill James Blue Merit Scholar. Morgenstern assumes his post on Monday, June 6. He replaces Christine Dodd who now serves as Education and Early Childhood Development Subcommittee staff director for Alexander.