Congressman David Cicilline has tapped Peter Karafotas, a veteran aide to U.S. House Democrats from the Midwest, as his new chief of staff, WPRI.com has confirmed. Karafotas will oversee Cicilline’s Washington and Pawtucket offices.
Karafotas worked for Michigan Congressman Dale Kildee from March 2009 until Kildee’s retirement last year, closing out as co-chief of staff, after an earlier stint as the 18-term Democrat’s spokesman.
Karafotas also worked as deputy chief of staff and communications director for Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, an outspoken liberal and member of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s leadership team, from 2007 to 2009.
“Peter brings a wealth of knowledge and firsthand managerial experience with him, and I am excited to welcome such a talented and experienced individual to my team,” Cicilline said in a statement confirming the new hire.
Scott Fay, a former Ted Kennedy aide, has been Cicilline’s chief of staff since the former Providence mayor was elected to succeed Patrick Kennedy in November 2010. Fay, who earned roughly $120,000 last year, is leaving Capitol Hill after more than a decade. He helped Cicilline navigate a politically difficult first term.
“Scott has demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism and skill, and I will miss his good counsel and great work,” Cicilline said.
Karafotas lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife and two daughters. He grew up in Illinois and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999. He was a vice president with the Chicago consulting firm Adelstein Liston, a Chicago public-affairs firm from 2005 to 2006, according to his LinkedIn profile.