Staff of Congressman Jason Chaffetz
Utah is overflowing with smart, talented and principled people. I have never needed to look beyond the talent pool of our own state to hire my staff. Each and every member of my staff has ties to Utah and understands what is important to you.
Washington, D.C. Staff
Fred Ferguson, Chief of Staff
Fred returned to Rep. Chaffetz' office as Chief of Staff in June 2014 after a two-year stint as Rep. Rob Bishop's Legislative Director. Fred orginally began his career on Capitol Hill working for then-freshman Rep. Chaffetz as his Staff Assistant. Ferguson quickly moved into a legislative role, covering the Natural Resources and Oversight and Government Reform Committees. During his five and a half years on Capitol Hill, Fred has been a mainstay in Utah and western public lands and energy policy circles. He lead the Congressional Western Caucus as their Policy Director and continues to manage the Utah delegation's seven-county Eastern Utah Public Lands Initiative. Fred graduated from the University of Utah with a political science degree and was captain of the baseball team. He is engaged to his beautiful fiancé Nicole Rusenko.
Mike Jerman, Legislative Director
Mike received an MBA from Brigham Young University and worked twelve years in international sales management and five years as vice president of the Utah Taxpayers Association. Before moving to Washington in January 2009 to work for Congressman Chaffetz, Mike lived in Draper, Spanish Fork, and Provo and worked in Springville, American Fork, and Salt Lake.
Troy D. Stock, Counsel
Troy received his B.A. in Political Science from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law. Troy has worked for Congressman Chaffetz since 2010 handling Judiciary Committee issues.
Ryan Little, Senior Legislative Assistant
Ryan spent his summers fishing at Panguitch (payne-gwitch) Lake and winters skiing at Brian Head Resort in southern Utah, with stopovers in Cedar City, Utah. Ryan is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). He has been on the Hill for 3 years, starting out in Chairman Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) personal office and then later becoming a professional staff member on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
MJ Henshaw, Press Secretary
MJ was born and raised in Orem, Utah. She is a proud graduate of Utah State University with a degree in Journalism. She spent 4 years working for members of the Idaho delegation before joining Congressman Chaffetz in June 2012. MJ enjoys playing the ukulele and running marathons.
Tanya Robertson, Scheduler
Tanya first interned for Congressman Chaffetz in 2013. After graduating from the University of Utah she joined the staff full time as scheduler.
Kelsey Berg, Special Projects
Kelsey is a good old fashion cowgirl, raised in the gorgeous Heber Valley. She spent her summers riding her horse as a Range Technician for the U.S. Forest Service. By attending school board meetings her junior year of high school, she grew to love politics and subsequently worked on a number of campaigns for local and state races. Before joining Congressman Chaffetz' office in 2014, she worked for three years in government affairs dealing with energy issues. Kelsey is a proud graduate of Brigham Young University with a B.A. in Political Science.
Wade Garrett, District Director
Wade was born and raised in Nephi, UT. For the past four years he has served as a policy advisor to Chaffetz, specializing in public lands and rural area issues. He holds an associate’s degree from Snow College, and bachelor’s degree from Utah State University. Prior to joining Chaffetz’ staff, Wade worked at the Juab County mining company for ten years. He serves on the State Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Committee which has allowed him hands-on experience with ranching, mining, farming, and other issues that impact rural counties. Wade currently resides in Nephi with his wife and four children.
Jennifer Scott, Communications Director
Jennifer has a long history of grass roots activism. She has spent a decade working on municipal campaigns and issues in West Jordan, Utah, where she served as campaign manager to Mayor David Newton. Jennifer began developing her grass roots organizing skills in 2005 while serving as the General Coordinator for the Wild West Jordan Playground, a community-built project in which organizers raised over $400,000 and pulled together more than 6,000 volunteers to build a playground over a 10-day period. Jennifer earned a degree in public relations with a minor in political science from Brigham Young University in 1995. She is married to Rusty Scott and they are the parents of three children.
Jennifer Andelin, Senior Advisor
Jennifer is a native Utahn and has a passion for international work. She received a B.A. from BYU in Latin American Studies with a minor in Music Performance. Jennifer serves as the chair of the Utah Sister Cities Coalition and also chairs the West Jordan Sister City Committee (partnered with Votkinsk, Russia-the birthplace of Tchaikovsky). Jennifer and her husband Nathan have 5 children and 6 grandchildren. She enjoys meeting people, hiking, singing, sewing, reading, gardening and traveling.
Colton Miles, Energy and Natural Resources Representative
Colton was born and raised in Utah County and spent his summers working the family farm. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in Political Science and Mandarin Chinese. Colton interned for Congressman Chaffetz in 2010 in D. C. before joining the Provo office staff in 2012. He and his wife Chaylyn met at BYU. His hobbies and interests include international affairs, the outdoors, and tennis.
Josh Emfield – Constituent Affairs Representative
Joshua was born and raised in L.A. County, CA. He graduated from Utah Valley University with a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and a minor in Portuguese/Spanish. Joshua interned for Congressman Chaffetz in 2014. He is currently serving as a sergeant in the Utah National Guard’s Military Intelligence. Joshua is married and has two children. He likes to play basketball, spend time with family, and take on remodeling projects.