Monday, August 30, 2010

Warmington, Monies Join Morgan At State Chamber

The State Chamber of Oklahoma announced two new staff additions today to enhance the group’s core legislative mission and presence at the Capitol, a news release announced.

The new staff members will be Chad Warmington, who will serve as executive vice president, and Jennifer Monies, who will serve as the vice president of communications.

“Our core mission is to serve as the voice for business at the Capitol, and it is critical that we remain steadfastly dedicated to that duty,” said State Chamber President and CEO Fred Morgan. “Our new hires bring a wealth of political and press experience to our staff that will be utilized as we continue to push a pro-jobs, pro-economic growth message at the state Capitol and across our state.”

Chad Warmington has served as the chief of staff for the House of Representatives for three sitting speakers, most recently House Speaker Chris Benge. His duties included serving as the chief negotiator with the Senate and governor on behalf of the speaker, along with managing the $19 million House of Representatives budget and a 200-member staff.

Prior to his legislative experience, Warmington served in a number of political roles, including as a field representative for former Senator Don Nickles and a campaign manager for the Corporation Commission races of Dana Murphy and Denise Bode.

Warmington is a graduate of Hope College in Michigan with a degree in Business Administration. He is married with three children and lives in Edmond.

Jennifer Monies began her legislative service as the director of communications for the Office of the Speaker and most recently served three legislative sessions for Benge.

Prior to her job with the House of Representatives, Monies was a Capitol reporter at The Oklahoman, where she reported on a variety of legislative issues for three sessions.

She served as a political reporter in Washington, D.C. for Congressional Quarterly during the 2004 election-cycle. While at Congressional Quarterly, Monies wrote for several publications, including CQ Weekly, CQ Today, CQ Politics Daily and She also exclusively covered Texas’ mid-decade redistricting, including five of the most competitive House races in 2004 and rewrote 32 district profiles to match the new district lines for CQ’s “Politics in America” book.

She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a journalism degree and is currently seeking a master’s degree in education from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. She is married and lives in Oklahoma City.

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