Key People-Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI)
updated Sept. 20, 2006

Director George Aldrich
Managed Feingold's 2004 re-election campaign.  Political director on U.S. Rep. Tom Barrett's 2002 gubernatorial campaign.  Campaign manager on Elizabeth Burmaster's campaign for Wisconsin state schools superintendent in 2001.  Deputy Director for the Wisconsin Coordinated Campaign in 2000; earlier in 2000 Aldrich ran for the 4th District aldermanic seat in Milwaukee; he advanced in the February primary but lost to the incumbent in the April general election.  Regional coordinator for Sen. Feingold for six years; worked on his 1992 and 1998 campaigns.  Bachelor's degree from Marquette University.  Milwaukee native.  Aldrich's mother, Sheila Aldrich, served as a Milwaukee County Supervisor through Feb. 2004.
Field Director Paula Zellner
Northern coordinator on Milwaukee Congressman Tom Barrett's campaign for the 2002 Democratic gubernatorial nomination.  Served as Shawano County Democratic chairwoman and a member of the Democratic National Committee.  From Shawano, WI.  (Also note: Zellner has a bit of NH experience; Feingold paid for her to work on the campaign of Manchester Mayor Bob Baines in Fall 2005).

Patriot Corps program
(unveiled on July 15, 2006, placed in mid-Sept. 2006)  Trained and placed 20 campaign workers in key races in 16 states around the country.
Spokesperson Trevor Miller
(March or April 2006)  Previously Feingold's Senate press secretary starting in Oct. 2003; and earlier deputy press secretary, scheduler and press assistant to Feingold.  Bachelor's degree in history and economics from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 2000.  Native of Marinette.
Finance Director PJ McCann
Has worked on and off for Feingold since his 1992 campaign.

As of May 1, 2006, there are 11 total staff between Sen. Feingold's Senate campaign committee (Feingold Senate Committee) and his leadership PAC (Progressive Patriots Fund).  Eight of those 11 staff people split time betwen the 2 organizations, based on how much time they generally spend on activities related to each organization.

also of note
Friend/Volunteer - Paul Tewes.  (visited Iowa and made some recommendations in advance of Sen. Feingold's first trip there on April 28-29, 2006)
Campaign manager of Americans United to Protect Social Security in 2005; formed a consulting firm with Steve Hildebrand in early 2005.  Political director of the DSCC in the 2004 cycle.  Field director on Vice President Al Gore's 2000 Iowa caucus campaign starting in June 1999.  Executive director of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, 1998 (during Sen. Feingold's re-election campaign).  Managed Sandy Pappas’ mayoral campaign in St. Paul in 1997.  Managed U.S. Rep. David Minge's re-election campaign in 1996.  Western MN field coordinator for Ann Wynia's U.S. Senate campaign in 1994.  Graduate of Carleton College with a degree in Political Science, 1993.  Native of Mt. Lake, MN.

Chief of Staff Mary Irvine


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