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Blunt Announces Rules Committee Staff Changes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), top Republican on the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, today announced that Rachelle Schroeder will serve as Republican Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, replacing Fitzhugh Elder IV who has been named Republican Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee.

“Fitz Elder has done a remarkable job leading the Republican staff of the Rules Committee over the past three years,” said Blunt. “There has been no shortage of challenges in that time. From overseeing the pandemic response, to preparing for the 2020 elections, to strengthening campus security and managing operations, Fitz has met every challenge with dedication, professionalism, and a deep appreciation for this institution and all of the people who work and visit here. I’m grateful for his service on the committee and I know he will be a tremendous asset to the Ag Committee and the entire Senate moving forward.”

Fitz Elder served as Republican Staff Director of the Senate Rules Committee from April 2018 to July 2021, and as Staff Director of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies for the 2021 Inauguration. He previously served as Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Blunt continued, “Rachelle Schroeder brings to the job a unique understanding of all aspects of Capitol operations. Rachelle has led the Republican staff’s work on the bipartisan joint Rules-Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs report on the January 6th attack. Her knowledge and experience will continue to benefit the committee’s ongoing efforts to strengthen security and improve readiness. I’m very glad Rachelle has accepted this new role and I look forward to her continued leadership at the committee.”

Rachelle Schroeder has served as Deputy Republican Staff Director of the Rules Committee since April 2018. She previously served as Clerk for the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee in the Senate.