Governor-elect Doug Ducey announces senior staff

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Governor-elect Doug Ducey announced key members of his staff on Thursday.

Danny Seiden will serve as deputy chief of staff for external affairs and policy development, Ted Vogt will serve as chief of operations, Sara Mueller will serve as senior advisor and Gretchen Martinez will serve as director of legislative affairs.

"In order to reform Arizona government, I need the best professionals on my team," Governor-elect Ducey said. "These individuals bring diverse and important experience to my administration, which will ensure we are doing everything we can to create conditions for economic growth, job creation and increased opportunity for all in Arizona."

About the staff:

-Deputy Chief of Staff for External Affairs and Policy Development Danny Seiden
Daniel Seiden was in private practice at the law firm of Gallagher and Kennedy before he was appointed special assistant county attorney in charge of policy and legislation for Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.  At the county, Daniel managed the policy and external affairs agenda for the third largest prosecutorial agency in the country.  On behalf of County Attorney Montgomery, he successfully advocated for significant policy reforms, such as the restructuring of the state's Child Protective Services agency, heightened penalties for those who traffic minors and several important pieces of victim's rights legislation, including Arizona's "life means life" law.  Daniel has a bachelor's degree from Pepperdine University and graduated cum laude from Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law.

-Chief of Operations Ted Vogt
Appointed veterans services' director by Governor Brewer in June 2013, Vogt is a United States Air Force and Afghanistan war veteran.  An intelligence officer, Vogt was hand-picked to serve as the daily intelligence briefer for both the secretary of the Air Force and chief of staff of the Air Force.  Vogt's experience includes working on homeland security issues at the White House and clerking for Senator Jon Kyl on the U.S. Senate Judiciary's Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security.  Vogt represented Southern Arizona in the state House from 2010 until 2013.  Previously, he worked in the private sector in investment banking and advertising.  He holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Arizona's Rogers College of Law.

-Senior Advisor Sara Mueller
Sara Mueller is an Arizona native who most recently served as deputy campaign manager for Ducey 2014.  She was an early part of the governor-elect's team, having been campaign manager for his successful bid for Arizona State Treasurer in 2010.  Prior to working on the governor's race, she led the online advertising team at DC London, Inc. and worked as deputy press secretary to Congressman John Shadegg in Washington, D.C.  She is a magna cum laude graduate of Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia where she double majored in politics and English.

-Director of Legislative Affairs Gretchen Martinez
Gretchen Martinez was most recently the executive director of the Arizona Chamber Foundation and the vice president of public policy for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  As the executive director of the foundation, Martinez conducted research on a wide variety of policies related to business attraction and retention, including tax, tort and regulatory reform, health care policy and education.  In her secondary role at the Arizona Chamber, she was responsible for overseeing the development of a pro-business policy agenda, as well as strategizing and executing the agenda at the state legislature.  In 2012, Martinez managed the campaign against Proposition 204, a proposed permanent sales tax increase and the campaign was successful in its defeat of the measure.  Gretchen received her B.A. in political science from the University of Arizona.  Prior to joining the Arizona Chamber in 2011, Gretchen worked in Arizona state government as the legislative liaison for the Department of Financial Institutions and the Department of Real Estate, where she was responsible for overseeing all of the legislative activity and policy making for both agencies.