Senator-Elect Mike Rounds Announces Washington, DC Legislative Director and Communications Director

Posted 12.11.14

PIERRE, SD (December 11, 2014) – U.S. Senator-Elect Mike Rounds announced today the hiring of two key positions for his Washington, D.C. office: Gregg Rickman as Legislative Director and Natalie Krings as Communications Director.

“I’m pleased to welcome two highly talented indiduals to our team,” said the Senator-elect. “Their backgrounds and experience will mesh very well with the state offices to provide the best service possible for the citizens of South Dakota.”

Gregg Rickman currently serves as a Deputy Director in the Policy and Government Affairs department of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. From 2006 - 2009, he served as the U.S. State Department’s first Special Envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism; traveling to 28 countries in defense of victims of religious and ethnic intolerance. From 2003-2006, he served as a senior committee aide to three Foreign Affairs Committee Chairs and Subcommittee Chairs. He also has experience as a Legislative Assistant and Legislative Director for U.S. Senators Alfonse D’Amato and Peter Fitzgerald. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Russian and Middle Eastern History from John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH, and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Miami in Miami, FL.

Natalie Krings currently serves as Communications Director for retiring U.S. Senator Mike Johanns. Since 2008, she has served in many roles for the senator including: Northeast Nebraska Director, Deputy Press Secretary and Press Secretary. She holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Senator-Elect Rounds takes the Oath of Office on January 6.