NEW: Cicilline Announces New Chief of Staff
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Karafotas, who most recently worked as co-chief of staff and legislative director for former Congressman Dale Kildee (D-MI), succeeds Scott Fay, who has served as Cicilline’s chief of staff since the start of his Congressional tenure. Fay is leaving Capitol Hill after more than a decade of service for Cicilline and the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
“I am excited to welcome Peter as the newest member of my team, and I look forward to working with him to ensure that my office continues to provide the most effective services possible for Rhode Island families,” said Cicilline. “Peter brings a wealth of knowledge and firsthand managerial experience with him, and I am excited to welcome such a talented and experienced individual to my team. I also want to thank Scott Fay who has done an outstanding job serving as my Chief of Staff since I came to Congress. Scott has demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism and skill, and I will miss his good counsel and great work.”
Karafotas most recently served as co-chief of staff and legislative director from 2009 through 2013 in the Capitol Hill office of Congressman Dale Kildee (D-MI), a senior member of the Democratic caucus. After Republicans took control of the 112th Congress, Karafotas helped Kildee in his efforts to successfully pass pro-environmental legislation that expanded access to electric vehicle battery recharging resources. In addition, he assisted with Kildee’s introduction of legislation to oppose outsourcing American jobs, improve public safety, protect children’s health, and reduce wasteful government spending.
“I'm honored and excited to be Congressman Cicilline's new Chief of Staff,” said Peter Karafotas. “I look forward to working with the Congressman and his entire staff to serve the people of the First District of Rhode Island.”
In addition to his work for former Congressman Kildee, Karafotas served from 2007 through 2009 as deputy chief of staff and communications director to Congressman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), where he assisted with efforts to begin bringing American troops home from Iraq, pass the first minimum wage increase in a decade, and increase college financial aid by the largest amount since the GI bill.
Karafotas received his bachelors degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999. He currently resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Kate and their two daughters.
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