By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Martha Roby has promoted Mike Albares to Chief of Staff following the departure of Torrie Matous.
Prior to his promotion this week, Albares had worked has as Roby’s Legislative Director for more than three years. He has worked his way up the chain of command in Roby’s office, starting as a Legislative Correspondent after she first assumed office in 2011 to Deputy Chief of Staff earlier this year.
Albares, 30, is a Dothan native and graduate of the University of Richmond. He will serve as Roby’s top adviser overseeing offices in Washington, D.C., Montgomery, Dothan and Andalusia.
“I am thrilled to announce that Mike Albares has been named my new Chief of Staff,” Roby said. “Mike is an exceptional leader who has served my office and the people of Alabama’s Second District with distinction for more than seven years, and I am confident he will enable my office to continue delivering results on behalf of the people we serve.”
Matous departs Roby’s office after more than 18 months on the job to lead the External Affairs Office for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. William D. Dunke III, who is the board’s Chairman, was Staff Director on the Senate Banking Committee while Sen. Richard Shelby presided as Chairman. Matous previously worked as Communications Director for Sen. Richard Shelby.
“For the last year and a half, Torrie Matous led my office admirably and further ensured we are a team that truly makes a difference on behalf of the people who live and work in Alabama’s Second District,” Roby said of Matous. “Torrie should be extremely proud of her nearly decade-long career in service to the American people on Capitol Hill, and I cannot thank her enough for her friendship and leadership.”
Roby was just reelected to serve a fifth term in Congress.