The office of House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., announced Monday that Stephanie Young, Hoyer’s national press secretary, will be heading to the White House to serve as an associate communication’s director, prompting the promotion of Hoyer’s state press secretary, Mariel Saez, to be Young’s successor.
Tuesday will be Young’s last day as Hoyer’s national press secretary before moving to her new position at the White House. Young has already worked with President Barack Obama, first as the regional press secretary in Florida for Obama’s re-election campaign and again in 2013 as director of constituency press.
“Stephanie has done a tremendous job as my National Press Secretary,” Hoyer said in a statement on the new hire. “She has been a wonderful resource for the press and a key part of House Democrats’ messaging efforts, and I wish her all the best as she heads to the White House.”
Saez also boasts experience serving as Hoyer’s spokesperson on issues ranging from veteran affairs to immigration. A Maryland native from Hoyer’s district, Saez started out with the Maryland Democrat as an intern.
“I am pleased Mariel will be taking on this new role,” Hoyer said. “Her tireless work ethic, knowledge of the House, and experience with the press will continue to make her a valuable asset to me, the Democratic Caucus, and members of the media.”
Saez was brought onto Hoyer’s team in 2010 as a press assistant and researcher. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland — also in Hoyer’s district — where she earned a degree in economics.