Horsford hires government veteran as chief of staff

Piecing together his operation to represent Nevada's new congressional district, Rep.-elect Steven Horsford said Monday he has hired Rodney Emery, a California native with a long resume of Washington experience, to serve as his chief of staff.

While Emery will be based in Washington, Horsford also said he has hired Edith Fernandez as district director, and that his first district office will be in the North Las Vegas City Hall building, pending approval by the city council.

Horsford also has hired Tim Hogan, who worked on his campaign, to be his communications director.

“The new 4th Congressional District is large and diverse, so finding the most qualified staff and a central location for our first office have been top priorities,” Horsford, a Democrat, said in a statement.

The district, created through the state's latest reapportionment, includes parts of urban Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, the northern reaches of Clark County and all or part of six rural counties.

Emery most recently worked in the General Services Administration as associate administrator for the Office of Congressional and Governmental Affairs, according to a bio on the GSA website.

Before that he held a similar position at the International Trade Administration and was vice president of public policy for the Council on Foundations, a nonprofit group that advocates for philanthropies.

Emery will be returning to Capitol Hill where he once was chief of staff for former Rep. Diane Watson, a Democrat who represented a Los Angeles-area district.

Fernandez, a Las Vegas native, is director of college access programs and a senior adviser to the president of Nevada State College. She also is director of student success initiatives at the College of Southern Nevada.

Fernandez holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, master's degrees from UNLV and Harvard University, and a doctorate from the University of Michigan, according to a bio supplied by Horsford.

Besides working on the campaign, Hogan was press secretary to Horsford during the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature when the Las Vegan was Senate majority leader.

Hogan, a 2008 graduate of the University of Minnesota, also has worked in Congress as a press aide to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.