Sen.-elect Doug Jones (D-Ala.) has hired transportation official and former congressional aide Dana Gresham as his new chief of staff, a Democratic operative close to the incoming Alabama senator confirmed Tuesday.
Jones will be the only Senate Democrat to have an African-American chief of staff once Gresham comes on board. Two Senate Republicans, Sens. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Jerry Moran of Kansas, have black chiefs of staff.
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Gresham previously served as assistant secretary for government affairs at the Department of Transportation, and before that was chief of staff to then-Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.). A graduate of Georgetown University, Gresham has roots in Alabama, according to a tweet by Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) that referred to him as “Birmingham’s own stand out.”
Jones has made hiring a diverse staff a priority since he staged an upset win over Republican Roy Moore in last month’s special Senate election in Alabama.
Gresham did not immediately respond to a request for comment.