WASHINGTON — Congressman-elect Blake Moore, who will begin representing Utah's 1st Congressional District in early January, has announced the members of his senior congressional staff.
“Our team will focus on constituent service and delivering results for the people of the First District. That takes team members who will think outside of the box and work hard to achieve our goals and represent First District values,” Moore said in a news release sent to FOX 13. “I can’t wait for our team to hit the ground running and couldn’t be more excited to serve northern Utah.”
Moore will replace Congressman Rob Bishop, who is retiring.
Moore's campaign sent the following bios for Chief of Staff Rachel Wagley, Deputy Chief of Staff Chase K. Christiansen and District Director Peter Jenks:
Chief of Staff: Rachel Wagley
Rachel serves in the Office of Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-02), where she has led an aggressive policy agenda and crafted and helped pass into law notable pieces of legislation including the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act and the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA-SESTA), the first-ever amendment to section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and the most consequential anti-trafficking legislation in nearly 20 years.
She negotiated the inclusion of the “Wagner Language” on online sex trafficking in the digital trade chapter of the USMCA and was awarded Rescue Freedom International’s Wilberforce Award for Exceptional Achievement in Policy.
On behalf of the Congresswoman, she co-founded the Congressional Caucus on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the House Suburban Caucus.
She spearheads some of the Republican Conference’s most significant pro-life initiatives and efforts to protect victims of crime, particularly women and children. She has taken the lead in advancing pro-family policies—drafting the first Republican parental leave bill and dependent care legislation—and initiatives addressing small business, healthcare, financial services, foreign affairs, criminal justice, and homeland security concerns.
Prior to her tenure on Capitol Hill, Rachel served as the Director of Government Relations at the National Bureau of Asian Research and Policy Director at U.S. Campaign for Burma.
She graduated from Harvard University cum laude with high honors in field, served as a Fulbright grantee in Thailand, and earned her Master of Arts Degree in Defense and Strategic Studies with Distinction at the U.S. Naval War College.
She lives with her husband and two children in the D.C. area and is from Spokane, Washington.
Deputy Chief of Staff: Chase K. Christiansen
Chase worked as an advisor to the Blake Moore for Congress campaign, focusing on marketing and communications strategy.
As a native of Hooper, Utah, Christiansen previously worked in marketing roles for Cicero Group, the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and several small businesses within Utah’s outdoor recreation industry.
During his tenure at the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, he executed marketing and communications strategy for statewide initiatives including the Utah Economic Summit, Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit, Utah Aerospace Pathways, Diesel Tech Pathways, and Talent Ready Utah.
He served as a community board member for Emerging Leaders Initiative of Utah and was on the Board of Trustees for the Bicycle Collective where he earned the Presidential Volunteer Service award.
Chase earned his Bachelor of Science in Communication from Weber State University. He is happily married and expecting his first child.
District Director: Peter Jenks
A native of Wisconsin, Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Peter’s interaction with national government began with an internship for U.S. Congressman Toby Roth and as a Legislative Aide for U.S. Congressman Doug Bereuter.
After earning his MBA he worked as a Financial Analyst for AMRO Bank in Amsterdam, and a real estate developer with Trammell Crow Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Peter continued to pursue government service, serving as Special Assistant and District Director for Congressman James V. Hansen for nine years. He was an independent advertising and political consultant before moving to his current position as District Director for Congressman Rob Bishop, currently serving in that position for nearly 18 years.
Peter has served as Honorary Commander for an active-duty Fighter Squadron and for a Reserve Fighter Wing as well as serving on numerous boards, including as President of the Utah Defense Alliance and the Wolf Creek Foundation.
Peter is married with four children and lives in Farmington, Utah.