WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, has hired Vivian Moeglein to serve as his chief of staff.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, has hired Vivian Moeglein to serve as his chief of staff.


Moeglein has spent the last eight years as a Washington lobbyist for the American Council of Engineering Cos. but prior to that served five years on the staffs of two Arkansas lawmakers — then Reps. Asa Hutchinson and John Boozman.


"Vivian’s past experience with the Arkansas delegation will no doubt be a benefit to my office and the citizens of the 4th District," Westerman said in a statement Wednesday announcing her hiring.


Moeglein was highly recommended by both Gov. Hutchinson and Sen. Boozman, according to Westerman.


In 2006, Boozman praised Moeglein for a decade of tireless effort on behalf of the 3rd Congressional District: "Her passion for the legislative process, devotion to the people of Arkansas and her cheerful personality have made her a pleasure to work with, and I am fortunate to have had her on my staff."


Moeglein was an intern for Hutchinson in 1997 while completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland and worked her way up the ranks as a staff assistant, office manager, legislative correspondent, legislative assistant, and finally as legislative director for Boozman in 2006.


"I began my career working for an Arkansas congressional office, and I am excited for this opportunity to return to the House of Representatives, serving the people Arkansas," Moeglein said. "I am honored Congressman Westerman has afforded me this opportunity, and I look forward to joining his exceptional team. It truly feels like I’m going home."


Moeglein begins work on Monday. She replaces Kenneth Ryan James, who resigned last month.