Members of U.S. Rep. Adrian Smiths Staff Include UNK Alumni from Imperial and Kearney

Glennis Nagel

Newly-elected Third District Rep. Adrian Smith’s staff includes three UNK alumni.

Rep. Smith’s Washington, D.C., staff includes Beth Bremer of Imperial and James Dukesherer of Kearney. In addition, Alex Straatmann of Kearney is working in Smith’s Grand Island office. All three members of Smith’s staff graduated with degrees in political science.

Bremer graduated in 2003 and served as a legislative assistant to former Third District Rep. Tom Osborne. She serves Smith’s office as a legislative assistant.

The political director for Smith’s campaign, James Dukesherer joined Smith’s office as a legislative correspondent. His duties include constituent communications, as well as helping Smith’s legislative assistants.

Straatmann, who is a 2000 UNK graduate, is working as a constituent services representative in Smith’s Grand Island office.

Dr. Peter Longo, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, said Smith’s choice to hire the UNK graduates was a good decision.

“All three of the alumni were excellent students,” he said. “And equally important was that each of them imbued a sense of caring and kindness.”

“They will serve the Third District in an exemplary fashion,” he said.