Horsford names Asha Jones chief of staff

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David Maiolo [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

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David Maiolo [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
U.S. Rep.-elect Steven Horsford appointed Asha Jones as his chief of staff, making her one of 21 African-American women to hold that job of the 535 chiefs of staff in Congress.

Jones, who most recently was the Director of Government Affairs for the College of Southern Nevada, previously worked as the Nevada Political Director for the Hillary for America campaign.

She also worked for U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, and U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley. In November, she was named as a member of Governor-elect Steve Sisolak’s transition team.

Jason Rodriguez, who was the Deputy Latino Vote Director for Hillary for America, is also joining Horsford’s team as deputy chief of staff.

Horsford won his first election in the fourth congressional district in 2012. He lost his re-election bid in 2014, but regained the seat in November.

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

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