Congresswoman-elect Debbie Mucarsel-Powell has named former Bill Nelson and State Department advisor Laura Rodriguez as her first chief of staff.
In Rodriguez, the first-time lawmaker is tapping someone with experience on Capitol Hill. Rodriguez worked for the State Department's legislative affairs bureau during the Obama administration where she was the point person for the House of Representatives. She also worked for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in addition to advising Nelson.
"As someone who was raised in the district, Laura is very familiar with the needs of the communities I will represent," Mucarsel-Powell said in a statement. "Her experience working on Capitol Hill and her work ethic will serve our district very well."
"As a woman, mother, and the daughter of Colombian immigrants, Congresswoman-Elect Mucarsel-Powell is an inspiration for me personally," Ms. Rodriguez said in a statement. "Her legislative agenda to help all residents of her District access affordable healthcare, fight for common sense gun reform, addressing the unique challenges South Florida faces with Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise and protecting our environment are exactly what her District and our country need."
Mucarsel-Powell will be sworn in alongside newly elected Miami Rep. Donna Shalala on January 3rd after defeating Republican Carlos Curbelo last month.