The Republican Governors Association announced today that Ken McKay will join the organization as its Political Director, assuming responsibility for the RGA’s campaign strategy in the 38 gubernatorial elections scheduled to take place between now and the end of 2014.
“Ken knows how to win governors’ races in the most challenging states for Republicans, and he will be an invaluable asset for the RGA in the upcoming election cycle,” said RGA Chairman Bobby Jindal. “His experience both winning open seats and defending incumbents makes him the ideal person to guide the RGA’s political efforts and defend our majority of 30 Republican governors.”
McKay served as campaign manager for both of former Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri’s successful campaigns as well as his chief of staff. McKay was also chief of staff at the Republican National Committee for one year, helping secure the elections of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and a chief strategist on Florida Governor Rick Scott’s 2010 campaign. Most recently, McKay served as a senior advisor for Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson. Prior to beginning his political career, McKay served 3 years in the United States Army.
“I’ve seen firsthand the game-changing impact the RGA makes in governors’ races and am excited to join the best team in politics ahead of a critical election cycle for both the nation and the GOP,” McKay said. “Republican governors are providing the bold, transformational leadership our country needs in these challenging times and I look forward to working hard every day to ensure the ranks of Republican governors remain strong.”