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NRCC Changes Up Staff to Prep for 2012

The National Republican Congressional Committee this week named Mike Shields political director, Jenny Sheffield Drucker finance director and Paul Lindsay communications director, and it announced that executive director Guy Harrison will remain for another term. They all worked at the NRCC in the 2010 election cycle, when Republicans won back control of the House by picking up a net of 63 seats.

Two others are also leaving the NRCC for new opportunities. Trent Edwards, the field finance director in the last cycle, is leaving to serve as chief of staff for Rep.-elect Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.), according to an insider. And Speaker-designate John Boehner’s (Ohio) office is expected to announce this week its hiring of current NRCC Deputy Executive Director Johnny DeStefano.

“Mike, Jenny, and Paul worked tremendously hard to build a Republican majority and their expertise will help to ensure that we earn continued success,” NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) said in a statement.

“Guy’s leadership helped us build a Republican majority in 2010 and I can think of no better person to help us build on that success in the next election cycle,” Sessions said in a separate statement.

Lindsay served as deputy communications director last cycle under Ken Spain, who is leaving the committee to serve as vice president of a trade group. Shields, who ran the committee’s independent expenditure unit, replaces Brian Walsh, who is pursuing other opportunities. And Drucker, who served as deputy finance director, replaces Elizabeth Verrill, who is going back to her political and nonprofit fundraising company, EV Strategies, according to a source.

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