Sen. Hatch announces key personnel changes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch announced  Monday that Rob Porter has joined his staff as Deputy Chief of Staff and Matthew Harakal has been promoted to Communications Director, overseeing communications for the state of Utah and non-Finance Committee issues in the personal office.

Porter joins Hatch’s staff after serving as General Counsel to U.S. Sen. Rob Portman for the past year. Harakal has served as Press Secretary in Hatch’s office since July 2011.

Rob Porter

Prior to serving as General Counsel to Sen. Rob Portman, Porter served as Chief Counsel to Sen. Mike Lee on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Porter is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and of Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. 

“Rob’s an incredibly bright guy who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our staff,” Hatch said. “Rob understands Utah and the issues important not only to our state but to our country, and I’m thrilled to welcome him as part of our team.”

Matthew Harakal

Prior to joining Hatch’s staff, Harakal worked for U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, PA-15, in several roles; served as communications director for former U.S. Rep. Chris Lee, NY-26; and worked in communications for The Century Council, a not-for-profit organization. A native of Allentown, Pa., Harakal is a graduate of Lafayette College where he received a degree in government and law. Harakal also serves as a board member of the nonpartisan Senate Press Secretaries Association.

“As a trusted member of my team for nearly three years, Matt’s demonstrated the judgment and skills necessary to thrive in this role,” Hatch said. “From immigration reform to energy development, Matt understands the challenges that are most important to the Beehive State and the rest of the nation. Matt’s already a critical member of my team and I’m pleased to have him take on this new role.”

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