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Washington, D.C. — 

U.S. Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) today announced that Brendon Plack has been promoted to deputy chief of staff and Jane Lucas has been promoted to legislative director in his Washington, D.C., office.

“I’m pleased to have Brendon and Jane in these new roles,” said Thune. “With strong South Dakota roots and key legislative experience in the Senate, Brendon and Jane are well equipped to hit the ground running.”

Plack will replace Summer Mersinger, an Onida, South Dakota, native, who is departing Thune’s office at the end of the year after 15 years of working for Thune. Previously, Plack served as Thune’s legislative director after serving as policy director at the Senate Republican Conference and energy policy analyst at the Republican Policy Committee. Plack is a graduate of Augustana College and a native of Madison, South Dakota.

Lucas replaces Plack as Thune’s legislative director. Previously, Lucas served as health policy counsel and legislative assistant in Thune’s personal office. Lucas is a graduate of South Dakota State University and Georgetown University Law School and is a native of Brookings, South Dakota.