Catherine Cortez Masto Names Chief of Staff
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) has named Reynaldo Benitez her Chief of Staff in her Senate office as she plans for her tenure as head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). Benitez, a Utah Valley University graduate who also holds a Master’s from Johns Hopkins University, most recently served as a Special Advisor and Communications Director to Cortez Masto. Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Advisor for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, where he also served as Press Secretary for Hispanic Media. The 32-year-old Mexican immigrant also worked at the National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS), where he focused on resource development. “Being chief of staff in the U.S. Senate, I know I’m bringing a different perspective than other chiefs of staff,” Benitez said. “I’m going to be able to influence the legislative process based on my life experience and background and that’s something we don’t have a lot of in Congress.” Cortez Masto’s former Chief, Scott Fairchild, will now serve as Executive Director of the DSCC. So far, Benitez will be the second Latino CoS in the Senate during the 116th Congress, joining Bianca Ortíz Wertheim -- who works for Senator Tom Udall (D-NM). More here.