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For Immediate Release

Press Contact: Allison Teixeira
December 12, 2012

ELK GROVE, CA - After spending two weeks at orientation in Washington, D.C. preparing to take office, Congressman-elect Ami Bera announced today the hiring of his two top aides. Mini Timmaraju, who most recently served as Director of the Office of the President at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and a former District Director for a Member of Congress, will be his Chief of Staff. Faith Whitmore, who has served Sacramento County as a Pastor and community leader for the past 28 years, will be his District Director.

“I’m doing everything I can to be prepared to represent the people of Sacramento County,” said Bera. “I’m thrilled Mini will be leading my team. Her experience running a Congressional district office will ensure that both our DC and District staff is focused on serving the needs of the people of Sacramento County and her experience at PPFA working on issues affecting access to affordable health care at the national level will be an important asset to my team.”

In her role at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Timmaraju managed the office of PPFA President Cecile Richards and partnered with executive management to impact the strategic direction of the organization. She previously served as District Director for the Office of Congressman Nick Lampson, and as a consultant to numerous state and local elected officials, candidates, and non-profit organizations. She received her Bachelor's degree at the University of California-Berkeley and completed her J.D. at the University of Houston Law Center.

Congressman-Elect Bera is also pleased to announce that Faith Whitmore will be his District Director. “Faith has invaluable ties to the Sacramento community and years of experience advocating for the area’s most vulnerable residents,” said Bera. “She will help ensure that my work in D.C. reflects the needs of our district, and that our office provides outstanding service to constituents.”

Whitmore currently works as the Executive Director of the Francis House Center, one of Sacramento’s most recognized and effective non-profit organizations that provides relief and resources to the region’s homeless community. Prior to that, she spent 27 years as an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Sacramento region. She received her Masters of Divinity degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and her B.A. from UC Santa Cruz.

Bera and his team are working to locate and staff an in-district office to serve the people of Sacramento County. Bera’s new Washington D.C. Office will be in room 1408 at the Longworth House Office Building. During this month of transition, constituents with questions, and those interested in working in either the district or D.C. office, can email inquiries and resumes to

Ami Bera was elected to represent California’s 7th Congressional District in the 113th U.S. Congress. A lifelong Californian and first generation American, Bera is a medical doctor and the only Indian American currently serving in Congress. He ran to help build an economy that works for the middle class and to make sure the next generation has the opportunity to pursue the American Dream. He and his wife Janine live in Elk Grove with their 15-year-old daughter Sydra.