From staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — U.S. Congressman-elect Gary Palmer last week announced the hiring of Anne-Allen Welden to serve as scheduler, Clifford Smith to serve as communications director, Lenora “Nonie” Brown to serve as staff assistant and Hunter Hobart to serve as legislative correspondent.
Palmer will be sworn into office Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Welden, a native Alabamian, will manage the day to day office schedule. Welden’s prior experience includes serving as an account executive and events coordinator. Welden also served as an operations special projects coordinator at the 2012 National Republican Convention. Welden is a 2011 graduate of the University of Alabama.
Smith will manage the day to day media outreach. Smith has a broad array of political experience and has served as a law clerk on two Senate committees and as a legislative correspondent in the House of Representatives. Smith also has campaign and private sector experience and currently serves as associate counsel for the Free Market Environmental Law Clinic. Smith, a 2002 graduate of Washington State University, has a master’s in public policy from Pepperdine and a law degree from The Catholic University of America.
Brown, a native Alabamian, will assist with constituent services, including Capitol tours and flag requests. Brown is a 2014 graduate of the University of Alabama.
Hobart will assist in tracking and corresponding to constituent mail. Hobart has experience on Capitol Hill as a staff assistant in House and Senate offices. Hobart previously worked for Heritage Action For America and as an investment professional. He’s a 2013 graduate of Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.
“I’m pleased to welcome Anne-Allen, Cliff, Nonie and Hobart to my staff,” Palmer said. “These are individuals of high character and work ethic and I know they will be dedicated to serving not only the 6th District, but the nation as a whole.”