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November 19, 2010 Jay Finegan, 287-1445
House GOP leaders appoint new chiefs of staff in key offices

AUGUSTA – The new Republican majority in the Maine House has generated high-level staff changes in the Office of the Speaker and the House Republican Office.

Alison Sucy, chief of staff for the House Republican Office since 2001, has been named chief of staff for the new House Speaker. She is the longest-serving chief of staff currently working in the Legislature. Diane Johanson, a 17-year veteran of legislative service, will take over as chief of staff in the House Majority Office.

Alison Sucy was born and raised in Bennington, Vermont. Her family moved to Bangor, where she graduated from Bangor High School. She went on to the University of Maine, where she graduated with Highest Distinction honors, earning a B.A in American History with a concentration in Russian Studies. She earned her law degree from Washington and Lee School of Law, in Lexington, Virginia.

“I’m thrilled to have the chance to work for the next Speaker of the House,” she said. “I’ve worked closely with Rep. Nutting during his first 10 years of service. I know he will ably manage the caucus and the entire House of Representatives and treat all members with equity and respect.

“This is a terrific opportunity and one that I have been worked towards for years,” she added. “I credit my past leaders – Reps. Dick Campbell, Joe Bruno and Dave Bowles – with enabling me to reach this position. And I am particularly grateful to Rep. Josh Tardy for his tremendous effort in building House Republicans to majority status. The only downside on this occasion is that he was unable to run for reelection due to term limits.”

Diane Johanson was born and raised in Oregon but has deep Maine roots. Her sixth-great grandfather, Col. Isaac G. Reed, was a member of Maine’s Constitutional Convention in 1819-1820, served in the Maine Legislature and designed the Maine State Seal.

A graduate of Bath High School, Diane continued her education at the University of Maine, where she received a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in finance and marketing. She also has worked in the Senate Republican Office during her legislative career. Diane and her husband reside in Turner with their two young sons.

“I am truly honored that Reps. Curtis and Cushing have asked me serve as chief of staff,” she said. “Since starting here in 1993, I have developed great respect and gratitude for the citizen-legislators who make the sacrifice of serving our state.”