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Senator Blunt Announces New Staff For 114th Congress

May 06, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today announced that several new staffers have joined his team in the 114th Congress.

Stacy McBride serves as Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee. Blunt was named Rules Committee Chairman in January 2015. Since 2005, McBride has worked on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, and served as Blunt’s lead staffer on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the past four years. Prior to joining the Appropriations Committee, McBride worked at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the Commissioner’s office where she handled appropriations, financial, and legislative issues. McBride is a native of Jonesboro, Ark. and a graduate of Arkansas State University.

“Stacy has been one of my most trusted advisors on the Appropriations Committee, which is why I’m very pleased she has agreed to join me at the Rules Committee,” said Blunt. “Stacy’s wealth of experience in the executive and legislative branch, as well as her depth of knowledge surrounding the Senate, makes her uniquely qualified for this role.”

Joelle Cannon is the District Director of Blunt’s Springfield Office. A native of Joplin, Mo., Cannon first joined Blunt’s team in 2003, serving in his Washington, D.C. congressional office in the U.S. House of Representatives. Since then, Cannon worked on former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn’s (Okla.) legislative staff, and served as Deputy Policy Director for the U.S. Senate Republican Conference under former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (Ariz.). Cannon holds a Bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University and a Master’s degree from John's Hopkins University.

“I’m pleased to have Joelle join my team again, and I am glad to have her legislative and leadership experience in my Springfield office,” Blunt said. “With her extensive policy background and deep ties to the region, Joelle has a thorough understanding of the issues that affect our state, and I’m confident that she will excel in this new role serving the constituents of Southwest Missouri.”

Desiree Mowry is Blunt’s Legislative Assistant (LA) handling issues related to health care, education, and labor. Prior to joining Blunt’s office, Mowry worked for U.S. Congresswoman Ann Wagner (Mo.) as Legislative Director (LD). She also worked for U.S. Congressman Billy Long (Mo.), former U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulshof (Mo.), and former Governor Matt Blunt (Mo.). Desiree is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and George Mason University School of Law. She was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 2012.

“Desiree’s understanding of the state, as well as her deep policy experience, make her a great fit for our legislative team,” said Blunt. “I’m glad to have Desiree handling health care, education, and labor issues on behalf of the people of Missouri.”

Matt Pollard is Blunt’s designee on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Blunt rejoined the Intelligence Committee this Congress. Pollard previously worked for former U.S. Senator “Kit” Bond (Mo.) in a similar capacity. Pollard has more than 20 years of experience with foreign intelligence within the executive and legislative branches. He also has 22 years of service as an intelligence officer in the Army Reserves, with two deployments in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Matt brings an extensive background in the intelligence industry to our team, including experience in the executive and legislative branches as well as two deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Blunt said. “I'm glad to have Matt join my legislative team as the Intelligence Committee works to combat real threats from enemies who wish our nation harm.”

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