Kelly Loeffler staffs up Senate office, including Isakson holdovers

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s office is starting to take shape. Today, she announced some key staff decisions, including hiring one Johnny Isakson’s former chief of staff.

Joan Carr now holds the same position in Loeffler’s office, which is operating out of temporary space in the basement of one of the Senate’s office buildings. Carr also served as chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, who unlike Loeffler and Isakson was a Democrat.

Other hires announced today include Chad Yelinski, who will serve as legislative director, and Kerry Rom, Loeffler’s communications director.

Yelinski held the same role in the office of U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, a Republican from North Carolina. Rom arrives  from the office of U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas.

“I am thrilled to hit the ground running in the Senate with such a strong leadership team in Joan, Chad and Kerry, and we will have more key staff hires coming soon,” Loeffler said in a news release. “I’m also very glad that so many of Johnny Isakson’s staffers are staying with me. They earned such a strong reputation for delivering the kind of great customer service our Georgia constituents deserve.”

Loeffler’s office also announced that other  members of Isakson’s team -- including those working on legislation, constituent casework and field offices back in Georgia -- are also sticking around.