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Shelby taps committee staffer Dayne Cutrell as new chief of staff

Alabama’s senior U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby has hired a new chief of staff.

Shelby announced Monday that he’s selected Dayne Cutrell, a native of Mobile who previously worked as a top aide to Shelby on the Senate Appropriations Committee, to serve as his chief of staff beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

Cutrell worked most recently as the staff director for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies after Shelby became the chairman of the full committee.

“Dayne is an experienced legislative strategist who has worked on issues that impact people all across our great state,” Shelby said. “Raised in Alabama, he also cares deeply about our state’s success. I am pleased to have Dayne as my chief of staff, and I am confident that his leadership skills will serve my office well as we work to advance Alabama’s priorities.”

Shelby’s hiring of Cutrell as his new chief of staff comes after his former chief of staff, Katie Britt, left his office to become the president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, a non-partisan business association representing companies throughout the state.

She had served as chief of staff to Shelby since 2016, following her role as deputy campaign manager and communications director during the senator’s most recent re-election campaign.

Cutrell started in Shelby’s office in February 2015 as a legislative assistant and later legislative director.

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Prior to moving into Shelby’s office in the Senate, he was a legislative director in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Cutrell received a law degree from American University Washington College for Law and is a member of the Alabama State Bar.

Before living in Washington, Cutrell graduated from Samford University where he also played baseball for the Bulldogs.

He and his wife, Maggie, currently reside in Washington, D.C.


Chip Brownlee is a former political reporter, online content manager and webmaster at the Alabama Political Reporter. He is now a reporter at The Trace, a non-profit newsroom covering guns in America.

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