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Franken hires chief of staff

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Despite Republican Norm Coleman's appeal to the state Supreme Court, Democrat Al Franken continues to hire staff.

Franken hired a state director earlier this month, and today, he hired a chief of staff, Drew Littman. Littman "has advised many Senators-elect, including Franken, on the transition process," according to a Franken campaign release. Littman headed a DC consulting firm, Littman Associates, and served as an adjunct professor at American University, according to the Franken campaign.

Littman began a career on Capitol Hill 20 years ago as "a policy aide for then-Rep. Barbara Boxer, and has since served as a subcommittee staff director and a Senate Policy Director."

"With Drew leading our team, I know that my office will be able to uphold the Minnesota tradition of excellent and responsive constituent service," Franken said in a statement. "With his years of experience and his expertise in helping new Senators hit the ground running, Drew has become a trusted advisor and a valuable resource as I prepare to take office. I will continue to count on him as I work with Senators from both parties and the rest of our state's fantastic delegation to serve the people of Minnesota, make progress on President Obama's agenda, and move our country forward."

Littman said, "I'm honored and excited to join Senator-elect Franken in Washington. Over my long career, I have had the privilege to work with many elected officials and organizations who believed in the same vision Al Franken will work towards as a Senator. I know that Al Franken is ready to serve and that he will work hard on behalf of Minnesota's working families. And I can't wait to help him get started."