April 05, 2015

Communications Vet Sadosky Joins Forbes-Tate, will Start PR Practice

Jeff SadoskyPolitico’s “Daily Influence” first reported that Jeff Sadosky is joining lobby firm Forbes-Tate as Senior Vice President.

Sadosky is a former Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and was most recently serving as a Managing Director of the Biotechnological Industry Organization.

Sadosky worked on the 2004 Bush-Cheney reelection campaign, for U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH), as Communications Director for the Republican Party of Florida, on U.S. Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) 2008 presidential campaign and as Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

Politico reported that Sadosky will “service the firm's government relations clients,” while also “building the firm’s communications and public affairs practice.”

He graduated from James Madison University in 2000 and is a native of Huntington Beach, CA.  (Politico’s “Influence” & PF reporting)

Hainen Named Vice President at Vox Global

Kristen HainenBipartisan public affairs and strategic communications firm VOX Global has hired Kristen Hainen as a vice president in the agency’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Prior to joining VOX Global, Hainen was a Communications Director for LMG, Inc., where she managed and developed media strategies for clients in aerospace, technology, entertainment and defense.

Prior to her time at LMG, Inc., Hainen worked on several political campaigns and in Congressional offices developing communications strategies for candidates and elected officials in key battleground states including Colorado, Nevada and Virginia.  She has served as spokesperson, communications director and campaign manager for several campaigns.

Hainen is a graduate of Rockhurst University and received her Master’s in Political Management from George Washington University.  (PF tipster)

April 01, 2015

Phalen Named Communications Director for House Homeland Security Committee

Susan PhalenHouse Homeland Security Committee chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) named Susan Phalen as the new Communications Director for the committee.

From 2011-2015, Phalen served as Communications Director for the House Intelligence Committee.

Before that she headed communications for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction and spent eight years at the U.S. Department of State as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.  During that time, she deployed to Iraq nine times.

Before that she was Communications Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the OECD in Paris.  She also worked in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House early in her career.

She got her start in radio on the island of Guam.

She is a 1992 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  (PF tipster)

February 04, 2015

RNC News: Spicer Promoted, Moore Named Press Secretary, Short Leading Rapid Response, Kukowski to Walker

RNC logoThis week three announcements were made at the Republican National Committee.

Sean Spicer, who has served as Communications Director at the RNC since 2011, will now also serve as Chief Strategist for the 2016 presidential campaign cycle.

Allison Moore has been named National Press Secretary for the RNC, after working the 2014 cycle as Press Secretary for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) successful reelection campaign.  She previously worked in the Senate Republican Communications Center, first as Deputy Press Secretary, then as Broadcast Communications Advisor.

Michael Short has been promoted to Director of Rapid Response at the RNC for the 2016 cycle, after serving most recently as a Regional Press Secretary at the RNC.  In 2012 he was Virginia Communications Director at the RNC, in addition to working on Capitol Hill, at the NRSC and on U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-TX) 2008 reelection campaign. 

Moore is replacing Kirsten Kukowski, who has worked at the RNC for the past four years and is now joining Our American Revival, the 527 started by Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), as Communications Director.  Kukowski is a veteran of the 2008 McCain presidential campaign, the Mark Kirk’s 2010 U.S. Senate campaign and as spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Republican Party. (PF tipster)

January 04, 2015

NRCC’s Bozek Named Communications Director for NRSC

Andrea BozekRoll Call broke the news that NRSC chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) named Andrea Bozek as the Communications Director for the 2015-2016 cycle.

Bozek served as Communications Director at the NRCC during the 2012 cycle.  She first worked at the NRCC during the 2006 cycle.

In between stints there, she worked as a Research Analyst and Regional Coordinator on the McCain presidential campaign in 2008, as Press Secretary for U.S. Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY) and as Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY) both in his office and on his campaign.

She returned to NRCC in 2011 to serve as a Regional Press Secretary.

She is a graduate of John Carroll University and a native of Buffalo.  (Roll Call and PF reporting)

Sen. Thune Announces Staff Changes

U.S. Sen. John Thune (MTP)U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-SD), the 3rd ranking leader in the incoming U.S. Senate majority as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, announced several staff changes for the new Congress:

Brendon Plack, who has been serving as Sen. Thune’s Deputy Chief of Sstaff, has been named Staff Director of the Senate Republican Conference. Plack will also continue to oversee operations in Thune’s DC-based personal office. Plack, a South Dakota native, has served on Thune’s team in various capacities for the past 10 years, including Thune’s Legislative Director, Policy Director for the Senate Republican Conference, and energy analyst at the Senate Republican Policy Committee.

Ann Marie Hauser has been named Deputy Sstaff Director of the Senate Republican Conference. Most recently, Hauser handled public affairs strategy for the financial regulatory consulting firm Patomak Global Partners. Prior to that, she served as managing vice president at JDA Frontline, Communications Director for Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s presidential bid, Vice President of Corporate Communications at JPMorgan Chase, Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce and spokesperson at the U.S. Department of Treasury in the George W. Bush administration.

AshLee Strong, Sen. Thune’s national Communications Director, has been promoted to Senior Communications Director. She will continue to serve as Thune’s chief spokesperson and will coordinate Thune’s national message in his leadership office and across his committee assignments. Previously, Strong served as Press Secretary for Sen. Thune, Press Secretary for Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), communications aide for the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and as an aide at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in the George W. Bush administration.

Frederick Hill has been named Sen. Thune’s Communications Director for the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Hill most recently served as Deputy Staff Director for Communications to Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Hill has worked for Issa for the past 13 years.

In addition, Rachel Millard will continue to serve as Thune’s Communications Director for state press. Millard, a native of Chamberlain, SD, and graduate of Creighton University, has served on Sen. Thune’s personal staff for over five years and previously served as press secretary for Sen. Thune, internal communications adviser at the Senate Republican Conference, and legislative correspondent for Thune.  (PF tipster)

Jordan Departs House Small Business Cmte for U.S. Sen.-elect Lankford

D.J. JordanPolitico’s “Playbook” reports that D.J. Jordan is leaving the House Small Business Committee, under chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), and has been named Communications Director for U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK).

Jordan previously served as a press aide for U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), as well as working for CNN and Fox News.

He is has a B.S. degree from Liberty University and a Master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University.

He is a native of Chesapeake, VA. (Politico “Playbook” and PF reporting)

Doheny Moves from House to Senate

Tom Doheny (color)Politico’s “Playbook” reports that Tom Doheny has been named Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE).

Doheny has been Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Renee Elmers (R-NC) since 2011.  Doheny took leave in 2014 to serve as Colorado Victory Communications Director for the RNC.  Before that he was Communications Director for the Delaware Republican Party.

He is a 2007 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and a native of Fairfax Station, Virginia.  (Politico’s “Playbook”)

Speaker Boehner Moves Fritz from Political Role to Speaker’s Office

Cory Fritz with BoehnerCory Fritz, a longtime aide to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), has been named Press Secretary in the speaker’s office, with special responsibility for dealing with White House media.

Fritz has led communications for Boehner’s political committee for the past four years, serving as Ohio Press Secretary for Boehner before that.  Earlier he was Speechwriter for former U.S. Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH).  (PF tipster)

Webb Hires Crawford as Communications Director

Craig CrawfordThe presidential exploratory committee of former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) announced on twitter that Craig Crawford has been named Communications Director.

Crawford ran The Hotline for National Journal from 1997-2003 and was Washington Bureau Chief for the Orlando Sentinel before that.  Since then he wrote a column for CQ and provided political commentary for MSNBC.  (PF tipster)

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