Western Slope congresswoman-elect Boebert appoints outgoing Trump, Gardner staff

Republican candidate for the U.S. House seat in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, Lauren Boebert, is interviewed before her watch party at her restaurant, Shooter’s Bar and Grill, late Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Rifle, Colo. (McKenzie Lange/The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel via AP)

GRAND JUNCTION |  Congresswoman-elect Lauren Boebert of Colorado has appointed Trump administration officials and staffers for outgoing Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner to top positions in her office.

Jeff Small, current senior adviser to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, will be Boebert’s chief of staff, the Daily Sentinel reported Wednesday.

Paige Agostin will be Boebert’s legislative director. She is currently associate director of domestic policy in Vice President Mike Pence’s office. Clarice Navarro, who was appointed by the Trump administration to be Colorado executive director for the Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, has been selected as Boebert’s district director.

Ben Goldey, who is currently press secretary for the Interior Department, will serve as Boebert’s communications director.

Cathy Garcia will serve as Boebert’s southern Colorado regional director. She has held the same position with Gardner since 2015.

Boebert will represent the state’s 3rd Congressional District after beating incumbent Scott Tipton in the Republican primaries and Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush in November.