Lamborn announces staff additions, changes
Last updated 1/26/2021 at 2:11pm | View PDF
Congressman Doug Lamborn has announced several staff changes, including the addition of a first-ever U.S. Space Force Congressional Fellow to D.C. staff, Major Chris Brown.
Brown is an active-duty officer in the U.S. Space Force (USSF) and will serve on the congressman’s defense team for the 2021 calendar year. Lamborn, who serves as a Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Committee, represents Colorado’s Fifth Congressional District: home to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, Fort Carson, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, U.S. Northern Command and the provisional headquarters of U.S. Space Command.
As Lamborn’s 2021 Defense Legislative Fellow, Brown will focus on defense-related issues, assisting with the congressman’s activities on the House Armed Services Committee and help with constituent casework involving active-duty military. Brown is a Space Operations Officer in the USSF and is the first USSF officer to join the Department of Defense Legislative Fellows Program. Prior to joining Congressman Lamborn through the Defense Legislative Fellow Program, Brown served as a legislative liaison with the USSPACECOM—Washington Liaison Office (WLO) at the Pentagon. He has served in various operational and staff assignments during his military career. Brown has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Arts from the American Military University. He has received several personal awards for his military service, including the Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and Meritorious Service Medal.
“Major Brown brings a wealth of experience in military space affairs to my team, and I am so excited to have him join us for the year as the first-ever Space Force Congressional Fellow,” Lamborn said. “The Defense Legislative Fellow Program is an excellent institution. It allows active-duty military leaders to learn about the legislative process even as it lets Members of Congress utilize the fellows’ talents and knowledge. Given Colorado Springs’ role as our nation’s center of excellence for our national security space enterprise, I anticipate Chris will prove to be a tremendous force multiplier for our community, given his background. He has hit the ground running and we are delighted to have him aboard.”
Lamborn also has announced the following changes to his Washington, D.C. and District Office staff:
District Director: Norm Steen (District Office)
Lamborn announced the appointment of Brigadier General (Ret.) and former Teller County Commissioner Norm Steen to serve as his district director, taking the place of Joshua Hosler.
Steen served for six years with the U.S. Army on active duty as an infantry officer and 26 years with the Army National Guard in Armor. In 2010 he retired as a brigadier general and a Legion of Merit award recipient.
In 2012, Steen was elected to serve as a Teller County Commissioner and was re-elected for a second term in 2016. He has extensive experience as a small business owner and has served in a senior leadership role focused on emergency management, long-term planning and logistics. Steen has extensive experience working with both state legislatures and local officials.
Steen holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Public Administration from Kansas State University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College. He and his wife, Dr. Cheryl Steen, have been married for over 42 years and have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Military & Veterans Liaison: Gabriel Ballejos (District Office)
Lamborn announced his appointment of combat veteran and former Staff Sgt. Gabriel Ballejos to the role of Military & Veterans Liaison to his district office. Ballejos takes the place of Anthony Archer.
Ballejos is a Colorado native, born and raised in Pueblo. After graduating from Centennial High School, he enlisted and served for over 12 years as a Cavalry Scout in the U.S. Army. He deployed under several units, including the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (Operation Iraqi Freedom 2001, 2003), the 101st Airborne Division (Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan 2008, 2009) and the 4th Infantry Division (Operations Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan 2010, 2011).
In 2012, Ballejos was Honorably Discharged and obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado Technical University.
Scheduler: Meghan Selip (Washington, D.C. Office)
Lamborn has appointed Meghan Selip to the role of scheduler in his Washington D.C. office.
Selip is originally from La Grange, Ill., and earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Prior to her internship at Lamborn’s D.C. office, she interned for the Illinois Farm Bureau, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She will graduate in May with her Master’s in Applied Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
“I welcome Norm, Gabriel and Meghan onto my dynamic team and look forward to the experience, dedication and energy they each bring,” Lamborn said. “Their assistance will be critical in the 117th Congress as I fight to protect Colorado families, the Constitution and individual freedoms. It is an honor to represent the 5th Congressional District of Colorado, in Washington D.C.”