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Washington, D.C. —  Senator John Thune has hired four South Dakotans for his Rapid City office to assist with constituent services and legislation.

Qusi Al-Haj will serve as the West River Director, overseeing all West River operations. Al-Haj served as the West River Campaign Director for Thune’s 2004 campaign. A Rapid City resident, he also serves as Chairman of the Board on the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mark Haugen, a field representative, comes from Valley Springs, where he owned the Tea & Harrisburg Champion newspaper. Hagen will serve as a liaison for Thune and assist with constituent services.

Sandy Massey, a constituent services representative, will also act as a local representative for Senator Thune and assist with constituent services and casework. Massey is from Rapid City and worked for Thune for four years in the House of Representatives. More recently she served as the Executive Director for the Pennington County Republican Party.

Lila Mehlhaff is from Little Eagle, on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. A private business owner, Mehlhaff will serve as a staff assistant as well as Native American Outreach Coordinator, handling Native American issues.

Senator Thune’s Rapid City office is located at 1313 West Main Street and is reachable at 605-348-7551.