Personnel note: Kathy Castor adds new office manager, Tampa office changes

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor announced Wednesday that she brought in a new office manager and made other staffing changes in her Tampa district office.

“Every year, my Tampa office handles hundreds of constituent services cases to assist individuals, businesses and organizations as they try to navigate the various federal agencies,” the Tampa Democrat said. “From accessing veterans’ benefits, assisting consumers with ID and tax refund fraud, to alerting nonprofits about federal grant opportunities, my team is there to serve with compassion, energy and professionalism.

Damaris “Dee” Gonzalez left her post as Castor’s office manager to become a constituent services representative. In the new role, she will focus on helping military families in CD 14 get access to their earned benefits, which plays into her background as a hospital officer for the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Department of Florida.

Gonzalez replaces Stephanie Germon, who left the congresswoman’s office to work as a mental health therapist and consultant at Gulf Coast Rehabilitation.

New hire Patricia Givens, who worked as a legislative aide for Democratic state Reps. Betty Reed and Ed Narain, will take over for Gonzalez as Castor’s office manager. Among her responsibilities is ensuring timely constituent services, assisting callers and walk-ins at Castor’s office and managing special projects.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


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