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Newly sworn in, Rep. David Valadao adds staff

Newly sworn-in Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, has been staffing up.

Tal Eslick, Valadao’s chief of staff in the Assembly, will carry over to the same job in the House. Eslick has prior congressional experience, with the office of Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia. Chris Marklund, a 2007 Fresno State graduate, will serve as Legislative Director, having previously worked as an assistant for Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Riverside. Cole Rojewski, another Fresno State alumnus who also once worked for Nunes, will be Office Manager.

George Andrews, who serve as campaign manager for Valadao and who was educated the U.C. Davis, will be in Hanford as  District Director. Justin Mendes, a University of the Pacific alumnus who was a field representative while Valadao was in the Assembly, will hold the same position for the House.

Valadao is likely to announce additional staff hires next week. Typically, House members may have somewhere between 14 and 17 staffers.

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