Trump Picks RNC, Sessions Staffers For Deputy Chief Of Staff Roles

AP

Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will appoint three longtime Republican operatives, two of whom have close ties to other incoming members of the administration, to fill deputy chief of staff positions.

Katie Walsh will leave the Republican National Committee to serve under her former boss Reince Priebus as deputy White House chief of staff, while Rick Dearborn will decamp from his position as chief of staff to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to become the deputy chief of staff for legislative, intergovernmental affairs and implementation. Trump has nominated Sessions to serve as his attorney general.

The President-elect also selected Joe Hagin, a former official in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush, to serve as deputy chief of staff for operations.

“The President-elect’s bold vision to make America great again demands a team of doers who can hit the ground running on day one,” incoming chief of staff and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement announcing the appointments. “Katie, Rick, and Joe will fill critical roles as we push forward on all of the key priorities for our great nation.”

Walsh formerly worked as Priebus’ chief of staff at the RNC, and Dearborn is the executive director of Trump’s White House transition team.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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