Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney announced today that he has hired John Newman to be his chief of staff and state director.
Mr. Newman is a long-time Republican grassroots leader from West Tennessee with extensive experience in campaign management and administration, Mr. Devaney said.
He will manage the day to day operations of the Tennessee Republican Party and oversee grassroots and political development throughout the state.
Chairman Devaney said, "John understands grassroots politics from the inside and out and has extremely strong organizational skills. As we look toward the critical elections of 2010, John and the rest of our team will be ready to help lead our party to victory."
Mr. Newman, who has extensive business experience, also has had a long career in supporting Republicans including service as West Tennessee Field Representative for U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, a member of the Republican State Executive Committee and Chairman of the Madison County Republican Party, it was stated.
He was named Tennessee Republican Party Statesman of the Year in 1999 and has been instrumental in consulting many winning campaigns over the years, Mr. Devaney said.
Mr. Newman said, "I have known Chris for a long time and know the kind of leadership he brings to this organization and I'm proud to have the opportunity to work at the state Republican Party under his direction. It is exciting to be part of a team that is ready to help Republicans solidify their majority in the General Assembly and to help elect a Republican governor."
Mr. Newman is a native of Jackson, Tn. He is a graduate of Union University with a B.S. in organizational leadership.