WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chief of staff for Sen. Ted Stevens is leaving his job to become chief Capitol Hill lobbyist for a major telecommunications company.
Mitch Rose, 36, will head the legislative affairs office of MCI WorldCom in Washington.
Carol White, 53, will take over as Stevens' top aide. She is currently the senator's deputy chief of staff.
Rose has worked for Stevens for nine years, most of that time as his press spokesman. Rose became chief of staff after the senator's re-election in 1996.
He has handled telecommunications issues for the office over the past three years.
Stevens is a senior member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which has jurisdiction over telecommunications issues.
He is in line to become chairman of that panel when he gives up his chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee after 2002.
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