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Matt Shuckerow heads over to Senate and Sullivan

The communication director for Congressman Don Young had an offer he could not refuse: To join Sen. Dan Sullivan’s staff as deputy communications director and spokesman.

While working for Young in a like capacity over the past four years, Shuckerow distinguished himself by creating friends wherever he went and treating the media with respect, even when the favor was not always returned by the media to his boss, who has been known to upset an politically correct apple cart or two.

Joining Young’s staff as press secretary later this month is Murphy McCollough, who currently serves as deputy press secretary for Rep. John Culberson (TX-07). McCollough is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is currently completing her master’s degree in strategic public relations at George Washington University.

Shuckerow, of Kodiak, was Sen Lisa Murkowski’s press secretary from 2012-2013, and worked in other capacities for Murkowski before that. One of his first jobs was as a deckhand in Prince William Sound from 2005-2009.

Sullivan’s most recent press secretary, Michael Soukup, of Anchorage, is taking a leave from politics and was last spotted wandering through the cathedrals of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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