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Sen.-elect Gary Peters announces senior staff

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — Senator-elect Gary Peters said Tuesday he had hired his senior staff days before he is set to be sworn in as Michigan’s 41st senator.

Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, who defeated Terri Lynn Land in November to replace the retiring Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, said he has named his chief of staff and deputy chief of staff along with state director and communications director.

Eric Feldman, who has been Peters’ chief of staff in the House and worked for Peters since 2009, will remain his top aide in the Senate. Caitlyn Stephenson, who was Peters deputy campaign manager for his Senate campaign, will be deputy chief of staff.

Another Peters aide, David Weinberg, has been named legislative director, while Elise Lancaster — who was chief of staff to Peters when he was a state senator — will serve as his state director. Lancaster is a former aide to former Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Sen. Donald Riegle.

Amber Moon, who was Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.,’s communications director, will assume the same role for Peters.

“They each bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their respective positions that will serve the people of Michigan well and help me fight for our state’s middle-class families in the U.S Senate,” Peters said.

Peters told The Detroit News earlier this month he was working to find office space across the state and wanted to find offices that were more accessible to state residents. He was named to the Joint Economic, Commerce, Small Business and Homeland Security committees. He will be sworn in on Jan. 6 -- the only Democrat among 12 new senators,

Stephenson held other positions in Peters’ previous congressional campaigns, including finance director, campaign coordinator and field organizer, as well as scheduler and legislative aide in Peters’ House office. Weinberg has worked for Peters since his first election to the House in 2008, including as legislative director and legislative counsel with a focus on economic policy.

Moon, before working for Hagan, who lost re-election in November, previously worked for Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., and former Rep. Ken Bentsen of Texas. Moon worked as Western regional press secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2012 election cycle, and communications director for the Democratic Party in her home state of Texas.

dshepardson@detroitnews.com