Reince Priebus Names Mike Shields as New RNC Chief of Staff
On Tuesday Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus named Mike Shields, currently the political director at the National Republican Congressional Committee, to serve as his new chief of staff, replacing the controversial Jeff Larson in that position.
stated that "Mike
brings a wealth of political experience with him to the RNC
, having worked on the Hill and in the field, for national committees and at the state level.
two decades of experience with the RNC
"I'm thrilled to return to the RNC
, where I began my political career almost twenty years ago ," he
Shields is not well known outside the tight world of Republican political operatives, but Reagan biographer Craig Shirley told Breitbart News "if Shields learned his trade from Gingrich, who learned his trade from Reagan, then this is a good hire by the RNC."
, however, brings little in the way of technology expertise to his
entire career has been as a political operative and political staffer.
A graduate of George Mason University, Shields worked at the RNC as an entry level staffer from 1994 to 1996.
For the first six months of 1996 he was the communications director for the Virginia Republican Party.
In July, 1966 he became communications director for the political office of then Speaker Newt Gingrich.
From 1998 he
worked for Gingrich
at Gingrich Communications
In 2005 he became Chief of Staff for a Republican Congressman, and in 2009 he became director of special projects at the National Republican Congressional Committee.
In 2012, as political director he headed up the NRCC's campaign division, which saw the Republican Party lose seven seats in the House of Representatives in the 113th Congress, down from the historic 240 seat majority delivered to it in the 112th Congress by the Tea Party in the tidal wave election of 2010.
"The Growth and Opportunity Project will make its recommendations to the Committee in March," Priebus
said, "and Mike
will be well-suited to guide their implementation.
appointment as the new RNC chief of staff suggests he
has Chairman Priebus' confidence he
has the experience necessary to bridge the RNC's digital divide.
The midterms in 2014 will give the first indication whether this confidence is justified.
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