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Coats loses communications director

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., has lost his voice, figuratively speaking.

Tara DiJulio, communications director for Coats since he rejoined the Senate in 2011, recently announced she has accepted the dual positions of communications director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the ranking Republican on the committee.

DiJulio was often a media spokeswoman for Coats, who is a frequent speaker on the floor of the Senate.

She said in an email that working for Coats "has been a remarkable blessing and adventure."

"I have been honored to watch him work tirelessly every day to make our country and Indiana a better place," DiJulio wrote.

The Washington Post website "Who runs the federal government" says in its capsule profile of her, "DiJulio is known by her fellow Senate colleagues as one of the hardest working press staffers on the Hill."

The California native also has worked for Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and former GOP Sens. Bob Bennett of Utah and Wayne Allard of Colorado.

Wednesday will be DiJulio's last day with Coats. She will join the Sen. Corker and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Feb. 26.