Elizabeth Warren turned to trusted advisers with both Bay State familiarity and inside-the-Beltway know-how to start off her six-year term -- a move that proves the newcomer is comfortable with her policy chops and is instead looking for loyal staffers.
"Unlike many senators she's got a lot of credibility already on what she wants to work on, so she may feel less need to bring in policy experts," said John C. Berg, a political professor at Suffolk University. "She probably is looking for people who know how the Senate works."
Warren chose her campaign manager Mindy Myers -- who worked for U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and served in the legislative affairs office of President Bill Clinton -- to be her chief of staff.
She also tapped former campaign senior adviser Dan Geldon to be her deputy chief of staff. Geldon had also worked with her on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau she helped create.
Roger Lau, a longtime Massachusetts political operative, rounds out her appointments as state director.
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