TNGOP Names Brent Leatherwood As New Executive Director

State House GOP Communications Named To The Position; Michael Sullivan Promoted To Deputy Executive Director

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party Chris Devaney on Wednesday announced the hiring of Brent Leatherwood to be the party’s new executive director. At the same time, he announced that the party’s current Political Director Michael Sullivan will be promoted to deputy executive director.

“We have a great team at the TNGOP, and we are excited about Brent Leatherwood helping us lead our effort for the next two years. Brent has extensive campaign experience, and his knowledge of the state legislature will also be a valuable asset as we prepare for the 2014 elections and beyond,” said Mr.

Devaney.

Mr. Leatherwood said, “I am incredibly excited about this opportunity to help guide the Tennessee Republican Party. Chairman Devaney has led the party to new heights and I believe we’re going to continue excelling as the organization that represents the values of Tennesseans. We’ll do that by being a robust operation that serves as an unparalleled information resource, provides a strong Get Out the Vote effort, and continues to help elect Republicans across the state.”

Mr. Leatherwood will join the TNGOP in January after serving the Tennessee House Republican Caucus as the communications director. A native of Chattanooga, he has worked in Congress as a Senior Policy Advisor for U.S. Representative from Florida, has led two congressional campaigns in Tennessee, and has worked on multiple U.S. Senate and U.S. House races.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue working for Chairman Devaney and the TNGOP at a higher level. Republicans have made significant gains in Tennessee in the past few years, but there is still more we can do to ensure a strong Party in Tennessee for years to come, ” said Mr. Sullivan.

Mr. Sullivan has been with the TNGOP since July of 2011. Prior to his current role, he served the Indiana House Republican Caucus as a press secretary. An Indianapolis native, he has worked on multiple campaigns including Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels' 2008 reelection campaign, as well as running a congressional campaign in Indiana and a Senatorial campaign in Illinois.


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