Thursday, March 12, 2009

RNC Announces New Chief of Staff

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele today announced the selection of Ken McKay to be the RNC's Chief of Staff.

"I am excited to have such an outstanding leader become part of our team. Ken's background and expertise will help revitalize the RNC and elect more Republicans," Steele said.

McKay brings extensive campaign leadership experience. He successfully managed Governor Donald Carcieri's (RI) gubernatorial win in 2002, and his re-election in 2006, winning two statewide campaigns in a decidedly blue state.

He also served as Chief of Staff for the governor, giving him experience in managing a very large and complex organization. He most recently served as a partner with the law firm Brown Rudnick. McKay hails from Rhode Island and holds a J.D. from Roger Williams University.

As Chief of Staff, McKay will be charged with the day-to-day operations of the RNC, including overseeing personnel and managing resources.

"Ken has proven that voters in both parties gravitate to reform minded conservative governance, and that our principles can work in all parts of this country. I'm excited about the fresh approach from out in the states that Ken will bring to the RNC," said Steele.

Rhode Island chairman Gio Cicione praised Steele's selection of McKay.

"Ken has a proven track record of electing Republicans in challenging environments," Cicione said. "As our party rebuilds in the Northeast, his perspective will be invaluable."

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