Tennessee Republican Party names executive director

Tennessee House Republican Caucus communications director has strong congressional background

Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney has announced the hiring of Brent Leatherwood as executive director.

In addition, TNGOP 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,” Devaney said in a release. “ 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.”

Leatherwood will join the TNGOP in January after serving the Tennessee House Republican Caucus as communications director. A native of Chattanooga, he has worked in Congress as a senior policy advisor for a 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.

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