Congressman Doc Hastings has named former state representative Barb Lisk to serve as his district director, the top local position on his congressional staff.
"I have known and worked with Barb Lisk for many years," said Hastings, who continued, "She was an outstanding legislator and she'll be a superb leader of our staff here in Central Washington."
As district director, Lisk will be based in Hastings' Tri-Cities office and will also oversee his office in Yakima. "This is a terrific opportunity for me to build on my work as a state legislator focused on helping individuals, communities and businesses," said Lisk. "I think it's a natural fit for me, and of course I'm delighted to work with Doc Hastings, who has done so much for our part of the state."
Lisk succeeds Joyce Olson who has just completed her 10th year as Hastings' top local aide and is seeking to return to elected office in her own right. Before joining Hastings' staff, Olson served two terms as mayor of Pasco and recently announced her candidacy for a seat on the Pasco City Council in November's election. She is also considering a number of professional opportunities in the private sector.
Hastings praised Olson's service, saying "Joyce has built a first-rate congressional staff and for the past decade has played a pivotal role in countless efforts on behalf of the people we serve. She will be sorely missed."
According to Hastings, Lisk and Olson will work together for several weeks following Labor Day in order to ensure a smooth transition.
Lisk served in the Washington state House of Representatives from 1991 to 2003, where her district covered portions of Yakima, Benton, Klickitat and Skamania counties. During her service in the Legislature, she made history by being the first woman to serve as Majority Leader. Lisk is a native of the Yakima Valley and a graduate of Washington State University.