Congressman García Announces New Chief of Staff

February 5, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) announced today that his Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff Don Andres will succeed Kari Moe as his chief of staff. Ms. Moe, a longtime congressional staffer, will return to teaching and training progressive leadership.

“Don has played a key role in my team for the past two years, providing sound legislative advice and helping steer my work on behalf of the people of the 4th Congressional District of Illinois.  His legislative experience, political acumen, and extensive congressional relationships have been instrumental in advancing an agenda focused on working people, particularly during this difficult time,” said Congressman García. “I want to thank my friend Kari Moe for her service as chief of staff during my freshman term, and I commend her commitment to mentoring a new generation of progressive leaders.”

“I am honored to serve as Chief of Staff to Congressman García and grateful for his trust in me to lead a talented and dedicated team,” Don Andres said. “I stand on the shoulders of many who worked hard to mentor and pave the way for diverse leadership in the progressive movement, including our outgoing Chief of Staff, Kari Moe. Without skipping a beat, Team Chuy will continue to fight for working class families, immigrants, and marginalized communities devastated by COVID-19 and decades of disinvestment. I’m humbled by the privilege to continue supporting Congressman García in serving the people of Illinois’ 4th Congressional District and building a pipeline of young, multi-ethnic leaders in the political arena.”

“Congressman García and I worked together for Mayor Harold Washington in the 1980’s and I have immense respect for his effective, progressive leadership and advocacy for working families,” said Kari Moe. “I have been honored to work with Congressman García to establish his Congressional office and serve the 4th District during the dual crises of the pandemic and job losses. I am proud to pass the staff leadership role to the next chief of staff, Don Andres, a talented, experienced congressional staff person who will serve Congressman García ably and lead an outstanding team committed to serve and fight for all families in the 4th District.''

Before joining “Team Chuy”, Don Andres served as a legislative staffer for Representatives Steve Cohen (TN-09), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) and Steven Horsford (NV-04). Don began his career in public service as an intern for then-Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, and later for Reps. Karen Bass (CA-37) and Howard Berman (CA-28), eventually landing a full-time position with the Chair of the House Democratic Caucus John B. Larson (CT-01) in 2012. Mr. Andres is the son of immigrants from the Philippines, a graduate of UCLA, and a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association and the LGBT Congressional Staff Association.