Washington, DC Staff
Chief of Staff
Kyle Matous grew up in Temple, Texas, and graduated in 2007 from the University of Virginia, where he studied American Politics. Before beginning law school at Pepperdine University in 2009, he worked for the Rimm-Kaufman Group, a Charlottesville-based search and digital marketing agency. During law school, Kyle clerked for the Ugandan Commercial Court in Kampala, Uganda, in international commercial arbitration for WilmerHale in London, UK, and for the Institute for Justice, a Washington-based nonprofit constitutional law firm.
Kyle started working on the Hill as a staff assistant for the House Committee on Rules for Chairman David Dreier in 2012. He served Chairman Sessions as a policy assistant for nine months with the Committee before moving to work as a legislative assistant in his personal office. Kyle then worked as the Policy Director for the Rules Committee before being named Chief of Staff for the Congressman.
Favorite Dallas Sports Team: America’s Team
Katherine Runkle was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2013 she graduated from the College of Charleston where she majored in Business and Hospitality with a marketing concentration. After graduation she moved to Washington, DC and worked for Senator Jeff Sessions and Congressman Spencer Bachus before joing Congressman Pete Sessions office.
Favorite Dallas Sports Team: Texas Rangers
Caroline Boothe was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2013, she graduated from Southern Methodist University where she majored in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs and double minored in Business and Law. During college, Caroline worked with the Office of George W. Bush where she served as the correspondence intern. Prior to accepting her position as communications director, she served as the press assistant with Congressman Sessions’ office in DC.
Favorite Dallas Sports Team: SMU Mustangs
Elle Ross, Esq.
Michelle “Elle” Ross graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. Elle continued to law school at New England School of Law in Boston, participating in Air Force ROTC. After a semester abroad in the Hague, Netherlands focusing on international counterterrorism and intelligence she graduated with a Juris Doctorate Degree. Elle continued to further her education at George Washington University School of Law, earning a Master of Laws Degree in National Security Law & U.S. Foreign Relations Law in 2013. She then began her career in Washington D.C. as an associate at Harris Corporation in the Government Relations Division and then became a CrossLeader at McChrystal Group LLC consulting firm. After passing the bar, Elle interned on Capitol Hill for Congressman Pete King (NY - 02) and participated in a pro bono legal program at a law firm just prior to joining Congressman Sessions' office as a Legislative Assistant. Elle advises the Congressman on healthcare, homeland security, defense and military, veterans, judiciary and law enforcement, family issues, education, social security, labor, and science, space, and technology.
Favorite Dallas Sports Team: Dallas Cowboys
Ryan Ethington was born and raised in Dallas, TX. After graduating from Highland Park High School, Ryan attended the University of Richmond where he earned a B.A. in Leadership Studies with a double major in Political Science. During college, Ryan interned for Congressman Sessions in his Washington, D.C. office. Upon graduation, he served as a Staff Assistant before assuming his role as Legislative Assistant. Ryan advises Congressman Sessions on the environment, foreign affairs, second amendment rights, agriculture, oversight and government reform, energy, telecommunications, small business, transportation, and immigration issues.
Favorite Dallas Sports Team: Lifelong Cowboys fan
Emily Erb is originally from Wichita, Kansas. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2013 with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology, as well as minors in Biology and Mathematics. After working for a year with a health care organization in Dallas, Texas, she joined Congressman Sessions' office in Washington, DC. She served as an intern for the Congressman prior to joining the staff full-time as Legislative Correspondent.
Favorite Dallas Sports Team: Texas Rangers
Ike Crews was born and raised in Dallas, TX. He graduated from St. Marks High School, went on to receive his BA from Davidson University, and is currently attending George Washington University to earn his MA in International Affairs. Prior to joining Congressman Sessions' office as a Staff Assistant he served as an intern to the Congressman's DC office as well as an intern for the House Committee on Homeland Security.
Favorite Dallas Sports Team: St. Marks Wrestling Team