by Chip Roy
I’m excited to announce our first round of official Congressional staff hirings. These first three staff have strong ties to the district, excellent credentials, and will help us do what we said we’d do.
In Washington, the old adage that “personnel is policy” plays out in real time on a daily basis because members rely heavily on staff to identify how to navigate “the swamp.” Great staff are a critical part of our ability to honor the people who sent us to Washington and changing the status quo. We need men and women working alongside us who are qualified, work hard, and are more committed to serving the people of Texas than career advancement or being liked in the swamp.
Wade Miller, a Marine and combat veteran, will serve as Chief of Staff. Wade did multiple deployments in Iraq and the Horn of Africa. He has worked at the Heritage Foundation and most recently on Sen. Ted Cruz’s re-election campaign. He is a man of exceptional character and work ethic, and is deeply committed to serving our country.
Maggie Harrell, who helped run our campaign, will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff, Legislative Director and Counsel. During the campaign, she got to know every inch of our district and its people. She is a woman of strong faith, has broad experience, and is a Capitol Hill veteran.
Nathan McDaniel, also on our campaign leadership team, will continue on the ground locally as District Director. Nathan started getting to know TX-21 as communications director for State Senator Donna Campbell, whose district overlaps, until he joined our campaign nearly a year ago. He’s extremely hard-working, has a great attitude, and truly loves the people of TX-21.
I ran for Congress to get Washington out of the way and let Texas be Texas. Specifically, we have to secure the border, promote health care freedom, make the tax cuts permanent, and balance the budget. I’m incredibly excited about how these staff will help us hit the ground running and execute on those goals.
Bios of Our First Three New Congressional Staff
Joseph Wade Miller, Chief of Staff
Wade served in the United States Marine Corps and is an infantry combat veteran with multiple deployments, including Iraq and the Horn of Africa. After completing his military service, Wade enrolled at The University of Texas at Dallas and majored in Political Science, graduating magna cum laude. While attending university, Wade served as a Bill Archer Fellow and as an intern for the President of The Heritage Foundation, Dr. Edwin J. Feulner. After completing his Heritage Foundation internship, Wade went on to the AEI Summer Institute. Wade then worked as a Regional Coordinator and then Senior Regional Coordinator for Heritage Action for almost 5 years, monitoring the voting records of federally elected officials, becoming a trusted policy and process analyst for the conservative grassroots. Wade next accepted the position of Political Director for Senator Ted Cruz before accepting his current position as Chief of Staff for Congressman-elect Chip Roy.
Maggie Harrell, Deputy Chief of Staff, Legislative Director, Counsel
Maggie began her career as counsel to U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) on the Senate Judiciary Committee and later served as counsel to Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). After completing a clerkship with Judge John Denson, II on the 37th Judicial Circuit Court of Alabama, she returned to D.C. to serve as Senator David Vitter’s (R-LA) chief counsel. Prior to her most recent role as the Executive Director of Congressman-elect Chip Roy’s campaign, Maggie held key leadership positions on senate, congressional, and presidential campaigns in Missouri, Iowa, Alaska, Ohio, and Alabama. Originally from Alabama, Maggie earned her bachelor of arts degree from Auburn University and her J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law.
Nathan Craig McDaniel, District Director
Nathan served as Student Body President of Texas State University from 2012-2013 where he studied Political Science and History. While attending Texas State, Nathan worked as an intern for State Senator Donna Campbell (TX SD 25) where he eventually accepted a full-time position as Communications Director in her Capitol office. Nathan also served as a Field Director for Americans For Prosperity in Houston, where he engaged with the community and grassroots activists about the benefits of free-market policies. Most recently, Nathan served as Campaign Manager for Chip Roy in his successful bid for Congress in Texas’ 21st District and has accepted the position of District Director for Congressman-elect Chip Roy.