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Craddick Promotes Alexis DeLee to Communications Director, Hires James Bernsen as Press Secretary   print page

by: Rep. Craddick, Tom
09/02/2008

Cutrone becomes media relations liaison for House.

(Austin) - Speaker Tom Craddick today named Alexis DeLee communications director and announced the hiring of James Bernsen as press secretary. Additionally, he named Chris Cutrone media relations liaison for the House. This is part of a reorganization of the Speaker's Press Office to better facilitate communication of the speaker's goals and priorities.

"Alexis has been an excellent communications advisor, and I am pleased to promote her," Speaker Craddick said. "James is also a great addition to my press office. He brings a wealth of capitol experience through his work with a key senator and a prominent house member, and he has observed the legislative process from a reporter's perspective."

Alexis DeLee has been with the Speaker's Press Office since January 2005. She has more than seven years communications experience in the public and private sectors. DeLee was previously the communications director for the Republican Party of Texas. She has a bachelor's degree from Trinity University and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado.

James Bernsen is a former news reporter and correspondent for the Lone Star Report, a newsletter covering the Texas Capitol. He served as the deputy press secretary for U.S. Senator Phil Gramm and as the campaign press secretary for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. He has also served as a legislative aide for former Rep. Dianne White Delisi and for Senator Craig Estes.

Chris Cutrone joined the Speaker's Press Office in July 2005. He previously worked in the communications division at the Texas Office of the Attorney General and on Senator John Cornyn's first campaign for U.S. Senate. Cutrone also taught English to government officials and employees in eastern Europe. He has a bachelors degree from Quinnipiac University.

DeLee will continue to act as the primary spokesperson for the speaker, while overseeing the press office. Bernsen will write, manage the speaker's Web site, and act as a spokesperson when necessary. Cutrone's new responsibilities will include providing support and coordinating efforts between the Speaker's Office and all House members for all media related matters.

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