Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Terry Lierman Steps Down as Chief of Staff to Rep. Steny Hoyer // Young MoCo Aide Replaces Former Party Chair, CD8 Nominee

Politico today reports that U.S. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer's Chief of Staff Terry Lierman is departing from his job on the Hill. Mr. Lierman previously served as Chair of the Maryland Democrats, and ran as the party's CD8 nominee against Rep. Connie Morella in 2000.
Terry Lierman, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer’s chief of staff, is leaving Capitol Hill, the second top staffer to leave Hoyer’s office recently.

Lierman will be replaced by Alexis Covey-Brandt, who currently runs Hoyer’s floor operation. Covey-Brandt has been with Hoyer since 2003.

The staff departures have raised some questions in top House Democratic circles about Hoyer’s future within the Democratic Caucus, although the 72-year-old Maryland Democrat insists that’s not the case.
“There ought to be no implication that I’m doing anything other than running for office, that’s not why he’s [Lierman] leaving,” Hoyer told reporters during a regular weekly press conference....

A Maryland native, Covey-Brandt has been running Hoyer’s floor operation for the past two years — when Hoyer was still majority leader — and is widely respected in Democratic circles. Covey-Brandt will be the youngest chief of staff of any House office on either side of the aisle, as well as the only woman holding that post....

Lierman will now start a venture capital company focusing on the health-care industry, Hoyer’s statement said.

Alex Covey-Brandt is also a MoCo native and attended Walt Whitman High at the same time as Maryland Juice. I also went to school with Mr. Lierman's children! Small world.

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