Alaska Congressman Don Young welcomed Murphy McCollough as his new press secretary and spokeswoman today.
A Texan who most recently worked for Republican Congressman John Culberson, McCollough follows in the footsteps of Matt Shuckerow, who is now deputy communication director for Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan.
Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., McCollough worked as a legislative aide in the Texas State Legislature. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is completing her master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University.
“I welcome Murphy McCollough as my new Press Secretary and spokesman and invite the Alaska media to get to know her in the coming weeks and months,” Young said in a press release. “Murphy’s experience in communications and politics makes her an excellent choice to fill this demanding and often underappreciated role. I look forward to working with her closely as we continue our service to the Alaskan people.”
Young also heaped praise on his former press secretary, a Native Alaskan: “Like the many before him, Matt Shuckerow will always be a valued member of my team. I wish him the best as he returns to the Senate and continues his work on behalf of the Alaskan people. His integrity, passion and dedication will be missed, but a welcome addition to Senator Sullivan’s team.”
McCollough comes at a time when Rep. Young is poised to become the Dean of the House, subsequent to a scandal enveloping Rep. John Conyers of Michigan. Reports are now coming in that Rep. Conyers (D-Detroit.) intends to announce in January that he won’t seek reelection next year, but also won’t resign before his 27th term ends in January of 2019. However, the pressure on him to resign continues to be enormous, even coming from the Congressional Black Caucus.