Senator Alexander Announces Legislative Team

Posted on April 16, 2003

WASHINGTON β€” U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today announced his legislative team. The legislative staff has a wide range of experience and knowledge in key areas that will complement Alexander's priorities. "I am proud of this legislative team," Alexander said. "Our top priority is to serve the people of Tennessee well, and from our work on education to energy to foreign relations, we look forward to hearing from Tennesseans, and doing our best to meet their needs." Heading up the team is Richard Hertling, a 16-year veteran of Capitol Hill. Rich serves a dual role as deputy chief of staff and legislative director. Marguerite Sallee joins the team as staff director of the Children and Families Subcommittee. A graduate of Duke University with a master's degree in psychology, Sallee spearheaded Tennessee's Healthy Children Initiative before serving as Commissioner of Human Services under Alexander when he was governor. Sallee then embarked on a successful business career providing child care services. With Alexander she co-founded, CorporateFamily Solutions, a publicly traded company that merged to become Bright Horizons Family Solutions, the nation's largest provider of worksite daycare. Before joining Alexander's Senate staff, she served as president and CEO of the Brown Schools, a leading national provider of education and therapeutic services for children with extraordinary needs. Sharon Segner handles energy, environmental and national park issues, as well as staffing the Energy Subcommittee, which Alexander chairs. Raised in Memphis, Segner is a graduate of the University of Texas and holds a master's degree in business from Rice University. She has over ten years in the energy field. Most recently as a director with PG&E National Energy Group, Segner was responsible for developing the first power plant to be developed in urban southern California in thirty years. She is also a certified public accountant. Matt Sonnesyn, who served as policy director for Alexander's Senate campaign, handles the senator's Foreign Relations Committee assignment, including his chairmanship of the African Affairs Subcommittee, as well as defense and intelligence and veterans affairs issues. Originally from Illinois, Sonnesyn is a graduate of Principia College and received a master's degree in public policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard where he specialized in national security. Bridget Lipscomb joins Alexander's staff as legislative counsel handling judiciary, rules, ethics, homeland security, governmental affairs and commerce issues. A Chicago native, Lipscomb most recently was a partner at Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C in Knoxville. She earned degrees in history and public administration from Grambling State University in Grambling, La. and her law degree from the University of Tennessee, College of Law in Knoxville. Kristin Bannerman comes on board after serving as legislative assistant for Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) for whom she handled the No Child Left Behind Act in the 107th Congress. She handles education and family issues for Alexander. A Washington-area native, Bannerman is a graduate of Emory University and she received a master of social work degree from New York University. She also taught in the Teach for America program. Bannerman began working on Capitol Hill in 2000 handling education issues for Rep. Jay Dickey (R-AR). Handling health care policy is Page Curry. Originally from Nashville, Curry has a degree in nursing from the University of Virginia. She has served as a legislative assistant to Rep. Jay Dickey (R-AR) and as legislative director for Rep. Ed Bryant (R-TN), specifically handling health care issues. Joe Cwiklinski handles budget issues, taxes, trade, financial services, labor, pensions and welfare issues. A Chicago native, Cwiklinski is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Upon coming to Capitol Hill, Cwiklinski served on the Joint Economic Committee staff. Before joining Alexander's team, he served as an economist on the staff of the Senate Banking Committee for Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX). Bill Sullivan, a Knoxville native and graduate of the University of Tennessee, handles transportation issues as well as special projects. Before joining Alexander's office, he handled marketing and development issues for Trout Unlimited in Alexandria, Virginia. Alexander serves on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and chairs the Children and Families Subcommittee; he serves on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and chairs the Energy Subcommittee; he serves on the Foreign Relations Committee and chairs the African Affairs Subcommittee; and he serves on the Joint Economic Committee.