Rick A. Jauert, a staff member in congressional offices who retired in 2010 as communications director for Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), died June 2 at a hospital in Hills, Minn. He was 59.

The cause of death was multiple systems atrophy, a degenerative neurological disease, said his friend and executor, Ben Vander Kooi.

Mr. Jauert began his Capitol Hill career in 1976 as an intern in the office of Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.). He worked for 10 members of the House of Representatives — seven from Minnesota, two from New York and one from California — in his career. He spent 10 years in the office of Rep. Gerry Sikorski (D-Minn.), where he was legislative director.

Mr. Jauert worked in the 2012 campaign of his first boss, Nolan, who was reelected to Congress in November after more than 20 years away from the House.

Ricky Allen Jauert was born in Luverne, Minn. He attended the University of Minnesota at Morris but left to work in Nolan’s office. He completed his degree later.

For 25 years, Mr. Jauert lived in a Capitol Hill townhouse a few blocks from the House office buildings. Over the years, it served as temporary living quarters for Hill staffers, interns and several members of Congress for whom Mr. Jauert worked. He moved back go Luverne last year.

Survivors include a brother and three sisters.

— Bart Barnes