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Left to right: Claudia Urrabazo-Beckelman, Jeremy Julis, and Michael Zhadanovsky.

Ex-Hoyer aide will serve as Rob Menendez’s chief of staff

New NJ-8 congressman names Jeremy Julis as district director, Michael Zhadanovsky as communications director

By David Wildstein, December 27 2022 7:10 am

Rep.-elect Robert J. Menendez (D-Jersey City) has picked an aide to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to serve as his chief of Staff.

Claudia Urrabazo-Beckelman has spent over fourteen years working on Capitol Hill, serving as a legislative director to Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) and as a senior legislative assistant to Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas).  She joined Hoyer’s staff in 2016 and was  the deputy director of member services and senior advisor in the Majority Leader’s office.

“Claudia has a well-earned reputation on the Hill as an experienced, reliable, and proven leader, and I look forward to working with her in the years ahead for the benefit of our district, our state, and country,” Menendez said.

Menendez has also hired Jeremy Julis as his district director and Michael Zhadanovsky as his communications director.

Julis worked for U.S. Senator Bob Menendez for seven years as the director of constituent services.

“In his current role, Jeremy has earned a reputation as one of the best constituent services providers in our state and I know that our constituents will be the better for his dedication and his work,” the congressman-elect from New Jersey’s 8th district said.

Zhadanovsky worked for Gov. Phil Murphy from 2019 to 2022 and left his job as deputy press secretary in March to serve as communications director for Menendez’s congressional campaign.

Menendez will take office on January 3, succeeding Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York).  Sires gave up the congressional seat he held for sixteen years and is expected to run for mayor of West New York next year.

He has already won a seat on the influential House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and was named House Minority Regional Whip for the Mid-Atlantic states.

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