NRSC announces new senior staff

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
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The National Republican Senatorial Committee on Tuesday announced its new team of senior staff heading into the 2014 cycle, when it will try to win a majority in the Senate after a disappointing 2012 cycle.

The news was first reported by Roll Call.

Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas is the new Chair of the Committee and Rob Collins was previously announced as the new executive director.

Ward Baker will serve as the new political director. Baker served as the liaison between the Republican National Committee and the Mitt Romney campaign last cycle, and previously worked at Majority Strategies and the Republican State Leadership Committee.

Shelly Carson will be the new finance director. She worked on Romney’s 2008 campaign, and former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint’s 2004 campaign as a fundraiser, and has been running her own fundraising firm for the past several years.

Brad Dayspring, former communications director for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, will come on board as the communications director. In 2012 he acted as a senior advisor to YG Action fund, a super PAC.

Kevin McLaughlin will be senior advisor. McLaughlin runs North Star LLC, a communications consulting firm, and is a former communications director for Sen. John Cornyn, who chaired the NRSC in 2012.

Mark McLaughlin will be the research director, moving up from his post as deputy research director at the NRSC for the 2012 cycle.

Megan Sowards is the general counsel for the NRSC. She is a former attorney at Patton Boggs and was the deputy general counsel for the Romney campaign in 2012.

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