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McKinney Gets New Press Secretary and Senior Legislative Assistant

June 14, 2000

Washington DC - Representative Cynthia A. McKinney (D-GA), Member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House International Relations Committee, where she serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on International operations and Human Rights, is pleased to announce the most recent additions to the senior staff of her Washington, DC Congressional Office.

Mr. Sean P. Nichols has just joined the Congresswoman's staff as her Communications Director. As, such, he will work closely with Representative McKinney while coordinating all of her office's press activities and serve as her spokesman to the media.

Mr. Nichols will also plan and coordinate the Congresswoman's media coverage, press conferences, press appearances and inerviews.

"I'm really looking forward to working with Congresswoman McKinney while maintaining an advantageous working relationship with the Washington and Georgia Press corps," Nichols said. "I also look forward to developing my own unique and productive rapport with them, on behalf of Congresswoman McKinney, one of the most respected Members of Congress."

Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Mr. Nichols comes to Congresswoman McKinney's office with many years of professional experience in the areas of education, governmental relations, political communication, public/press relations, political consulting and lobbying.

A graduate of Alabama State University, where he majored in Political Science and minored in French, History and English, Nichols began his professional before he even graduated. He has worked as an Assistant Director of Public Relations for the 70,000-member Alabama Education Association in Montgomery, Alabama, and later as the youngest Executive Director of the 3000-member Mobile County Education Association.

During and after his employment with the AEA, Mr. Nichols achieved formidable and successful professional relationships with members of the Alabama Legislature, members of the Alabama Congressional Delegation and worked on President Clinton's initial campaign for the presidency.

Most recently, he has worked as an independent public relations consultant and lobbyist in Montgomery, Alabama. During this time, Nichols consulted clients on public affairs, political issues, and promoted their relationships with the media.

Moving up within McKinney's staff is Jon Fremont who was recently promoted to Senior Legislative Assistant. Mr. Fremont joined the staff in January of 1999 as a Legislative Correspondent. In December 1999 he was then promoted to Legislative Assistant. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1997 with a degree in International Relations and Latin American Studies. His issues include The Environment, Corporate Accountability, Human Rights, and Latin America. Previous to coming to McKinney's staff, he taught English in Mexico for a year and worked for Democratic fundraising firm.

"I'm looking forward to working with Sean as our new Press Secretary and with Jon as our new Senior Legislative Assistant," said McKinney. "They both will be great assets to our office and out continued commitment to serving the Fourth Congressional District of Georgia."

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