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Published December 28 2012

North Dakota Rep.-elect Cramer announces staff hires

FARGO – North Dakota Rep.-elect Kevin Cramer announced Friday the first round of staff hires for his congressional offices in North Dakota and Washington, D.C.

House members can hire as many as 18 full-time and four part-time employees. Cramer said in a release that he plans to leave some positions open for “future opportunities” and as “needs are presented.”

Cramer will be sworn in Thursday and will serve on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

According to a news release, members of Cramer’s staff are:

Washington D.C.

• Kim Badenhop, chief of staff: Badenhop previously served in the George W. Bush administration in the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the offices of Homeland Security and National Security. Before her time at the White House, Badenhop worked in the offices of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

• Mark Gruman, legislative director and counsel: Gruman worked at the North Dakota Public Service Commission for more than two years, where he was a senior policy adviser to Cramer. Gruman received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

• Chris Marohl, legislative assistant: Marohl worked at the North Dakota PSC for two years as a public utilities analyst. Marohl received his bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University.

• Nicole Bredahl, scheduler: Bredahl worked on the Cramer for Congress campaign in the Fargo office. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UND.

• Tommy McKone, communications director: McKone has worked in communications for three congressional campaigns. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University.

• Matt Becker, legislative correspondent: Becker worked on the Cramer campaign in the Bismarck office. Before that, he worked for the North Dakota Republican Party and for John Hoeven’s successful Senate campaign. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary in Bismarck.

• Alex McIntyre, staff assistant: McIntyre has worked for Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., as a scheduler and communications assistant. He also has interned for Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. McIntyre holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead.

North Dakota

• Lisa Gibbens, state director, Fargo: Gibbens currently is the state’s attorney for Rolette County. Gibbens holds a law degree from UND.

• Randy Richards, district representative, Grand Forks: Richards previously was the military and veterans affairs liaison for Rep. Berg in Fargo. He worked on Cramer’s 2010 congressional campaign.

• Kate Bommarito, constituent service representative, Bismarck: Bommarito worked on Cramer’s 2012 campaign and on his 2010 campaign before that.

• Larry Jahnke, deputy state director, Bismarck: Jahnke is the founding pastor of New Song Community Church in Bismarck. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College and master’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University.

• Daryl Lies, district representative, Minot: Lies is a lifetime resident of Douglas, N.D., and is a livestock farmer. He has been active in the Farm Bureau for the past 20 years and has been involved in Republican politics as a district chairman and legislative candidate.