Nolan names campaign manager as chief of staff

U.S. Rep.-elect Rick Nolan (D-MN8) has named his campaign manager as his new chief of staff for his Washington office and Minnesota field offices. Michael Misterek led Nolan’s successful campaign against outgoing Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN8) in one of the nation’s most-watched congressional races.

There are often mixed results when campaign staff are kept on for the management of a congressional office. There are examples of it working, but Cravaack had some trouble with in-fighting and ultimately replaced many of the 2010 campaign staffers he had appointed to Washington positions.

Nolan, none the less, has confidence in Misterek for this important new position.

“Over the past 15 months I have come to know and deeply respect Mike for his extraordinary leadership skills as well as his dedication to the principles that guided our campaign to restore the middle class, solve problems and get things done. Now I look forward to working with him to assemble a team of capable, experienced and knowledgeable people to help me get things done in Washington,” Nolan said.

Misterek is a founding partner in Twin Cities-based Strategic Field Concepts, LLC, where he managed advocacy campaigns focusing on Medicare, telecommunications, rural broadband expansion and voter outreach. He has worked on previous congressional campaigns and on the 2008 Obama for America campaign. He has also served as political director for the Minnesota Health & Housing Alliance and, early in his career, worked as a staff intern for U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone.

“Working with Rick Nolan continues to be one of the great honors and privileges of my life,” Misterek said. “Rick will be a true ‘people’s Congressman,’ and our staff team will be there to help him fulfill the goals he set forth during the campaign, as well as to provide the great people of Minnesota’s 8th District with the finest, most effective, responsive and personal constituent service of any office on Capitol Hill.”

Misterek is a 2003 graduate of the University of St. Thomas (Saint Paul, MN).

Nolan, one of the nation’s oldest congressional “freshmen” (Nolan actually maintains his seniority from the three terms he served in the 1970s), has appointed one of Congress’s youngest chiefs of staff.

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