By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Congresswoman Martha Roby (R from Montgomery) announces staff changes for the incoming 114th Congress.
Representative Roby said, “Today I announced my Congressional staff for the 114th Congress. Several new staff members have been hired, and others promoted, all to enhance our legislative efforts and constituent services. Learn more about our team and their responsibilities here.”
Rep. Roby said, “I’m proud of what we have accomplished thus far, and I’m optimistic the new Republican majority will present more opportunities for legislative success under regular order. As such, I have been pleased to bring on new staff members, promote current ones and organize our team in a way that can expand our legislative capabilities.”
Rep. Roby continued, “Since first being elected to Congress, I’ve tried to surround myself with top-notch staff members who add value to our legislative efforts and demonstrate a commitment to serving the people of Alabama’s 2nd District. I’m confident these new staff members will contribute greatly to our team’s ability to get results on behalf of all of you, and we are eager to hit the ground running in the 114th Congress.”
In addition to her Capitol Hill office, Rep. Roby operates three District offices in Andalusia, Dothan and Montgomery, where staff specialize in constituent services and community outreach.
Stephen E. Boyd continues as Rep. Roby’s chief of staff. Boyd serves as Rep. Roby’s top adviser and leads the team of 15 staff members and manages all aspects of the Congressional office. Boyd previously worked for six years with U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions. Boyd is a native of Birmingham and a graduate of the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law.
Joe Williams continues as Rep. Roby’s District Director. Williams manages Rep. Roby’s district staff, oversees a range of constituent services, and serves as the primary liaison to state and local elected officials and business and community groups. Williams is a native of Headland, Ala., and a graduate of Auburn University, the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Williams previously worked for former Second District Rep. Terry Everett (R).
Jessica Fuller Hamilton continues as Rep. Roby’s Executive Assistant. Hamilton previously served under U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R). Hamilton is a native of Mobile has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a masters degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Todd Stacy continues as Roby’s Communications Director. Stacy is a Prattville. native and Auburn University graduate. Stacy manages Rep. Roby’s external communications, acts as her spokesman and is the point of contact for media inquiries. Previously Stacy served as Communications Director for Speaker of the Alabama House Mike Hubbard (R from Alabama) and as Press Secretary for former Alabama Gove
Mike Albares was recently promoted to Legislative Director in the Roby office. Albares will lead Rep. Roby’s legislative team, oversee her work on the House Committee on Appropriations, and will continue to personally handle agriculture issues. Albares is a Dothan native and University of Richmond graduate. Over the last four years, Albares has served as Roby’s Legislative Correspondent and Legislative Aide. Previously, Albares served on the staff of former Ohio Republican Senator George Voinovich.
Andrew Ashley was recently hired as Military Legislative Aide for Rep. Roby. Ashley is a native of Northern Virginia and a West Point graduate. He also has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina. Ashley previously worked for Honeywell International in defense procurement and currently serves in the Reserves Congressional Affairs division. Ashley is also a combat veteran of Southern Afghanistan. Ashley’s responsibilities will include defense policy, veterans issues, foreign affairs and homeland security. His predecessor, Mac Tolar, left Rep. Roby’s office to work for the Select Committee on Benghazi.
Sophie Trainor was recently hired as Legislative Assistant for Rep. Roby, specializing in health, education, workforce and financial services issues. Trainor previously worked for Sen. Sessions and Congressman Lee Terry (R from Nebraska). Trainor graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Human Environmental Sciences.
David Wellen has been promoted to Legislative Correspondent. Wellen is from New Orleans and is a graduate of Louisiana State University. Wellen previously worked as Staff Assistant in Rep. Roby’s office.
Margaret Virden was hired over the summer as a Staff Assistant. Virden is a native of Montgomery and is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University. In the Summer of 2013, she interned in Rep. Roby’s office. Virden fills the vacancy created by the promotion of former Staff Assistant David Wellen.
Lindsee Gentry was hired over the summer as Press Assistant. Gentry is a native of Southaven, Miss., and is a recent graduate of the University of Alabama. Gentry assists the communications director and Rep. Roby with a wide range of press activities, including interaction with media organizations. Gentry fills a vacancy created when Seth Morrow left to become Communications Director for Congressman Bradley Byrne (R from Mobile).
Lori Ward Williams from Clio has transitioned to the role of Field Representative for the Montgomery District Office. She had previously had served as the Field Representative in the Wiregrass Area. She filled the vacancy created when Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) appointed Ronda Walker to the Montgomery County Commission. Her regional focus now includes Autauga, Bullock, Butler, Crenshaw, Elmore, Montgomery and Pike Counties. Williams also coordinates the military academy nomination process, as well as submissions to the Congressional Art Competition. Williams is a graduate of Auburn University Montgomery. Previously she worked on the staffs of Gov. Bob Riley and former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford (R).
Cindy Pate was recently hired as a Field Representative for the Wiregrass area. Pate is a native of Birmingham and a graduate of Samford University. She previously worked for Sen. Sessions and U.S. Representative Spencer Bachus (R from Vestavia). She is the field representative for the Wiregrass counties including: Conecuh, Covington, Geneva, Coffee, Dale, Henry and Barbour.
Charlotte Wood Bent continued as Rep. Roby’s Montgomery Constituent Services Representative. Previously she served on the staff of former Congressman Everett and worked for the Social Security Administration. Bent is a graduate of Troy University.
Barbara Hulse Light will be the Constituent Services Representative (Dothan). She is a native of Virginia and has a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University (BA) and a master’s degree from Troy State University. She first moved to the Wiregrass in 1996 with her husband when he was stationed at Fort Rucker. Previously, she served on the Dale County Board of Registrars.
Amelia McMahon is the Constituent Services Representative (Andalusia). McMahon is a native of Covington County. She has worked in Roby’s office since January 2014. Previously she worked for Congressman Jeff Miller (R from Florida). She is a graduate from the University of West Florida with a degree in elementary education.
Rep. Roby’s office locations include;
Capitol Hill Office
442 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Covington County Office
505 East Three Notch Street
Andalusia City Hall, Room 322Andalusia, AL 36420
217 Graceland Drive
Dothan, AL 36305
401 Adams Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
Representative Roby was recently elected to her third term to the United States Congress representing Alabama’s Second Congressional District.