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Heidi Heitkamp names Tessa Gould chief of staff

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) -- U.S. Sen.-elect Heidi Heitkamp is naming her chief of staff.

Heitkamp announced Saturday that Tessa Gould will be the chief advisor for the new senator.

Gould managed Heitkamp's successful campaign to win the senate seat. Before that, Gould served as associate development director for the University of South Dakota Foundation.

Gould was chief of staff to former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin in South Dakota. She has also worked with Congressman Earl Pomeroy and Senator Byron L. Dorgan, both from North Dakota, and House Leader Dick Gephardt from Missouri.

Gould says in a news release that she is humbled and honored to be asked to go to Washington to work for Heitkamp.