Political Notebook

Valadao chief of staff leaving for PG&E job

Tal Eslick
Tal Eslick

Tal Eslick, David Valadao’s chief of staff and political confidant both during his time in the state Assembly and now as a congressman, is leaving for a job at Pacific Gas & Electric.

Eslick, 30, will relocate to San Francisco along with his wife, Rachel, who is currently vice president of governmental affairs for the Fresno Chamber of Commerce. He had been Valadao’s chief of staff for five years.

“Tal is a close friend and has been a trusted advisor in the California Assembly and U.S. Congress,” Valadao, a Hanford Republican, said in a statement. “I wish him the best of luck and know he will be successful in all future pursuits.”

Valadao was elected to the state Assembly in 2010, and moved to the newly created 21st Congressional District two years later. Through it all, Eslick has been a key part of the campaign and governmental team. Valadao has won three times despite strong Democratic Party voter-registration advantages.

Replacing Eslick will be Cole Rojewski, 27, who is Valadao’s current deputy chief of staff.

“Cole has been a valued member of my team for several years, and I am confident he will be a tremendous asset in his new role,” Valadao said. “He will be an effective leader for my team in both my Washington and California offices.”

Eslick’s last day is Sunday.