Manchin names Kott communications director

PARKERSBURG – A man who worked for the governor of Delaware, representatives from Indiana and New York and a senator from Indiana is going to work for a senator from West Virginia.

Jonathan Kott has been appointed communications director to succeed Emily Bittner, who became press secretary and senior communications adviser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

“I welcome Jon Kott to my team,” Manchin said. “Jon brings a wealth of knowledge and professionalism to my office, and he will make a strong communications team even stronger. I am confident that he will do a great job.”

Kott most recently served as communications director for Gov. Jack Markell’s re-election campaign and for Reps. Anthony Weiner and Brad Ellsworth. He also worked for Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana and the think tank Third Way.

“Senator Manchin is a strong leader and I sincerely appreciate his dedication to the Mountain State,” Kott said. “I look forward to traveling the state and serving the great people of West Virginia.”

Manchin’s communications department includes:

* Kott, communications director

* Sara Payne Scarbro, deputy state director and communications adviser

* Katie Longo, press secretary

* Lauren Swearingen, press assistant