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Congressman Jerry Carl announces D.C. staff hires

“The team we have assembled is second to none, and I couldn’t be prouder of them,” Carl said.

Alabama Congressman Jerry Carl, R-Alabama, outside his office after being sworn for his first time in Congress.

Republican Alabama Congressman Jerry Carl has announced he has finalized staff hires for his Washington D.C. office. The hired include:

  • Chief of staff: Chad Carlough, a Coast Guard veteran, formerly served as Congressman Bradley Byrne’s chief of staff and professional staff on the Committee on Homeland Security.
  • Legislative director: Jordan Howard, a native of Vestavia Hills, Alabama, and a University of Alabama alumnus, most recently served as a legislative assistant for Byrne. Jordan manages the legislative team while also handling issues related to infrastructure, transportation, financial services, trade and telecommunications.
  • Communications director: Zach Weidlich, a University of South Alabama alumnus, previously served as Carl’s campaign manager for the 2020 cycle. Zach handles all communications for Carl’s office.
  • Director of operations: Talor Allen, a University of Alabama alumna, interned on Capitol Hill and at the White House before working for President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign. She manages Carl’s schedule and oversees the day-to-day operations of the office.
  • Legislative assistant: Laura Stagno, born and raised in Birmingham, has joined Carl’s office after working for USDA under Secretary Sonny Perdue. Laura handles issues related to agriculture, energy, natural resources, education and healthcare.
  • Military legislative assistant: Matthew Bishop, an Auburn alumnus from Spanish Fort, Alabama, previously served as a legislative assistant for Byrne. Matthew handles issues related to defense, foreign affairs, veterans’ affairs, space and science, and homeland security.
  • Legislative correspondent: Charlotte McDonough, a native of Georgia, interned for Congressman Rick Allen before serving as staff assistant to Sen. David Perdue. Charlotte manages constituent correspondence for Carl’s office. 

“The team we have assembled is second to none, and I couldn’t be prouder of them,” Carl said. “Each has strong ties to our district and our state, and they come to work every day with a passion to serve the people of south Alabama and fight for our shared values.”

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