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Senator-elect Katie Britt announces first staff appointments

Britt selected Clay Armentrout as chief of staff and Sean Ross as her communications director.

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U.S. Senator-elect Katie Britt announced on Thursday the appointment of Clay Armentrout as chief of staff, and Sean Ross as her communications director, for the future senator’s capital office.

Armentrout has served for the past three-and-a-half years as Legislative Director and Counsel for outgoing U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama. A graduate of the University of Alabama and Wake Forest, Armentrout has served in various legislative-orientated roles since 2015, according to the Britt campaign.

In a statement made on Thursday, Britt said she was “thrilled” to name Armentrout her chief of staff and that she had “no doubt that he is the perfect person for this job.”

“When I served as Senator Shelby’s chief of staff from 2016-2018, I saw firsthand the unsurpassed work ethic, integrity, and insight Clay brings to the table,” Britt said in the statement on Thursday. “He has worked his way up through the legislative and policy ranks, and he expertly knows the ins and outs of not only the issues relevant to Alabama, but the institution, personalities, and nuances of the United States Senate, as well. Clay’s experience, skillset, and innovative thinking will allow my office to hit the ground running at full speed on day one.”

At the same time on Thursday, Britt’s team announced that Sean Ross, campaign communications director, will be Britt’s next communications director in D.C. before joining the Britt campaign, Ross was at one time the editor-in-chief of Yellowhammer News.

“I am going to work tirelessly in the U.S. Senate to better the lives of hardworking Alabamians in every corner of our great state,” Britt said. “We are already busy building out a dynamic staff that is best suited to execute this mission. Together as a team, we will be the hands, the feet, and the voice representing all Alabamians in Washington. There is a wide range of pressing challenges and opportunities that we must tackle head-on. I am eager to get to work on behalf of our state and our nation.”

On Tuesday, Britt became the first woman elected to represent the state of Alabama in the U.S. Senate, defeating Democratic nominee Will Boyd by more than twice the amount of votes.

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John is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can contact him at [email protected] or via Twitter.

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