My Congressional Staff

Danville Office

 
 

Matt Steward
District Director

Matt currently serves as District Director for Representative Rokita. 

   

Joe McLain
District Director

Joe serves as the District Director and is based in the Danville District Office.  Joe is responsible for managing district operations, attending events and visiting with constituents on behalf of Representative Rokita throughout the district.  He joined Representative Rokita’s staff after serving as Indiana’s Help America Vote Act Administrator under then Secretary of State Rokita where he assisted counties and the state in implementing the Act.  Joe is married and the father of two sons and a daughter.

   

Teri Smith
Constituent Service Manager

A graduate of Marian University, Teri is a registered paralegal with 21 years experience.  Before joining Representative Rokita’s staff, she worked for a private Indianapolis law firm and later the Securities Division of the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office.  

   
   
 

Paul Caranci
Constituent Services Manager & Strategic Communications Advisor

Paul serves in the district office as Constituent Services Manager & Strategic Communications Advisor.  In his native state of Rhode Island Paul was Deputy Secretary of State from 2006 – 2015.  In that role Paul helped usher in the State’s first Voter ID initiative.  He was a councilman in his home town of North Providence for 17 years where he assisted the FBI in exposing local corruption.  For those actions he was honored by the National Association of Secretaries of State with the 2014 Margaret Chase Smith American Democracy Award for acts of political courage and valor.  Paul served as Chairman of the Diabetes Foundation and has been appointed to many other boards and commissions.  He is a historian and author who has published five books on a variety of subjects and is a co-founder of The Municipal Heritage Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of local history.  Paul is married to his childhood sweetheart and the couple has two children and four grandchildren. 

   
 

Jamie Weber
Special Events Coordinator

Jamie currently serves as Special Events Coordinator for Representative Rokita. She began as an intern in the Congressman’s Lafayette and Washington D.C. offices before joining his campaign in 2014. Jamie is a graduate of Purdue University where she majored in Political Science and minored in Health and Kinesiology and Sociology. 

Lafayette Office

   

Penny Titus
Community Liaison

Prior to joining RepresentativeRokita’s staff, Penny worked in county government as an H.R. Assistant, and for the federal government.  When not in the office Penny enjoys traveling around the northern part of the 4th Congressional District meeting people and touring businesses to learn how to better serve them.  Penny and her husband Mike are lifelong residents of Carroll County, their daughter Lindsey, son-in-law Nate, and grandson Titus also reside in Carroll County. 

   

Washington, DC Office

   

Renee Hudson
Chief of Staff

Renee is a long time Capitol Hill veteran with over 10 years experience as a Chief of Staff.  

   

Tom Borck
Deputy Chief of Staff/Legislative Director

Born in Lafayette, IN and raised in the Midwest, Tom manages Representative Rokita’s legislative agenda and assists with strategic communications.  Specifically, he handles issues related to health care, the federal budget, and transportation.  Prior to joining Representative Rokita’s staff, Tom worked in the private sector as a health care consultant.  He graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in political science and currently lives in Virginia with his wife, Ashley.

   

Mark Cruz
Legislative Assistant

Originally from Oregon, Mark manages Representative Rokita’s education, workforce, agriculture, immigration, tax, trade, Native American affairs, energy and natural resource portfolios.  Prior to joining the office, Mark was a Legislative Fellow for Representative Tom Cole (OK).  Previous to that, he taught high school on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  Mark earned his bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree from Brown University.  

   

Michael Mets
Legislative Assistant

Michael graduated with a master’s in Public Policy from Stony Brook University.  In the Spring of 2012, he was an intern for Representative Rokita.  After finishing his internship, he worked for several political campaigns in New York and Connecticut, before returning to work for Congressman Rokita.  He handles issues related to defense, homeland security, foreign affairs, veterans, telecommunication, science, technology and the legislative aspects of the Red Tape Rollback program.

   

Jessica Williams
Executive Assistant

An Indiana native, Jessica is a graduate of Marian University in Indianapolis.  She is a former intern in the Congressman’s office.  Jessica handles DC scheduling and serves as a member of Congressman Rokita's legislative team where she handles social issues. 

 

   

Alexis Hunter
Legislative Correspondent

Alexis currently serves as a Legislative Correspondent for Representative Rokita.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University where she majored in Public Policy and minored in Corporate Strategy.  Before joining Representative Rokita’s staff, Alexis interned with the National Center for Policy Analysis and the Texas Public Policy Foundation.  She handles social security, postal reform, and small business issues for Representative Rokita. 

   

Alex Osborne
Staff Assistant

Alex currently serves as a Staff Assistant for Representative Rokita.  Originally from Kansas, Alex graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with bachelor's degrees in Economics and Political Science.  Before joining Representative Rokita's staff, Alex served in the United States Air Force as a Cryptologic Korean Linguist.