Following the recent hiring of Chief of Staff Stuart Burns, the Office of Congressman Michael Cloud announced today the hiring of JD Kennedy as District Director and Brian Cruickshanks as Communications Director.

Kennedy, who served three tours in Iraq as a U.S. Marine, previously worked as a Veterans Affairs Field Representative for House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon and as Deputy Chief of Staff for former Congressman Blake Farenthold. As District Director, he will oversee assisting residents in dealing with federal agencies, such as the Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, FEMA, the IRS, and more.

Cruickshanks, who served as Rep. Cloud’s campaign communications director, worked for the past eight years as a U.S. History and Spanish teacher for Victoria ISD and is the former director of Puebla Christian School in Puebla, Mexico.

“JD and Brian are quality individuals who have a heart to serve the people of our district, and I’m excited to have them on board,” said Rep. Cloud

Rep. Cloud and his staff have been conducting mobile office hours this week, traveling to cities around District 27 to assist residents in dealing with federal agencies. Rep. Cloud has also met with local officials at each stop to discuss hurricane recovery and issues of local concern. Yesterday, Rep. Cloud toured the Coast Guard facility in Corpus Christi, followed by meetings at the Naval Air Station with the Station Commander, Chief of Naval Air Training, and Corpus Christi Army Depot Commander.