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Rep. Dan Crenshaw turns to U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton for help filling out his staff

January 8, 2019

One of the first members of Congress to chip in on U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw’s once-longshot campaign is now helping him fill out his congressional staff.

Crenshaw, 34, on Tuesday announced he’s hired Eliza Baker to be his chief of staff. Baker has been the deputy chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton since 2014.

Cotton, a former Army Ranger, in early 2018 threw his support and sent campaign donations to Crenshaw even after Crenshaw finished a distant second in the GOP primary in March.

Crenshaw’s history as a Navy SEAL veteran was a major selling point for Cotton. Cotton, a big ally of President Donald Trump in the Senate, said at the time that the number of veterans in Congress has declined over the years and Crenshaw would be an important addition.

Besides Baker, Crenshaw announced several other hires on Tuesday. Capitol Hill veteran Matt Hodge will be his legislative director; former media director for the National Republican Congressional Committee Kerry Rom will be his communications director; and Houston resident Danny Walden, who was the campaign manager for Texas State Rep. Sarah Davis’ re-election campaign, will be his administrative director.

Crenshaw represents the 2nd Congressional District, which stretches from West Houston north to the Montgomery County line and wraps around to include Atascocita and Humble.

Crenshaw has opened an office at 1801 Kingwood Drive, Suite 240, Kingwood. To reach his office in D.C., call (202) 225-6565.

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