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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Following the successful reelection of U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chief of Staff Jeff Bjornstad today announced he will be leaving the Senator’s office to pursue new opportunities.

“Jeff’s service to my Senate office and to the state of Washington over the past four years has been invaluable.  His energy and passion have helped ensure that Washington state comes first every single day in my office and that serving our constituents is priority number one,” Senator Murray said.  “While I am sad to see him leave, Jeff will continue to be a valued advisor and someone I will turn to regularly as we continue our work to create jobs and move Washington state forward.”

Mike Spahn, a long-time aide will take over as Murray’s new Chief of Staff.   Evan Schatz, currently Murray’s Legislative Director, will become her Deputy Chief of Staff.

Bjornstad has been a valued aide to Murray for four years as her Chief of Staff and served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Representatives from Washington state Rick Larsen and Adam Smith prior to his work with Murray.

“It has been an honor and privilege working for Senator Murray and serving the great people of Washington state.  Senator Murray’s vision and tenacity on behalf of our state and her down-to-earth, get-it-done attitude has been felt in communities from Walla Walla to Bellingham and everywhere in between.  She wakes up every day asking how she can help solve problems across our state and has been an effective advocate for job creation, our veterans and the needs of our communities,” Bjornstad said.