Hogan’s Communications Director Departing for RGA

    Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s communications director will soon have a few more Republican governors to work with.

    Amelia Chassé will start in March as the communications director of the Republican Governors Association.

    Chassé has worked for Hogan since September 2016, first as deputy communications director and then as communications director.

    She previously worked as press secretary for the America Rising Political Action Committee and for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R). In 2008, she worked on the late Arizona Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign.

    From late 2010 to 2014, Chassé worked as vice president of Hynes Communications, an agency focused on digital communications and social media, which Hogan has used effectively to rally supporters.

    A native of Maine, Chassé also worked for politicians in that state, including on Bruce Poliquin’s unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign and for former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) while she was attending George Washington University.

    Chassé’s last day on the second floor of the State House will be March 15; additional personnel announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

    “The past two and a half years with the Hogan administration have been the honor of my career,” Chassé said in an email. “I am excited to continue serving Governor Hogan in this new capacity, and to work on behalf of the numerous Republican governors who are getting things done across the country.”

    Chassé’s move was among several announced by the RGA this week.

    Executive Director Dave Rexrode said a majority of the organization’s senior leadership team will now be comprised of women.

    “I am also proud that for the first time in RGA’s history, nearly 75% of our senior staff will be women,” Rexrode said in a news release. “We are excited about the opportunities the next four years will provide and I look forward to working with this team to elect more Republicans Governors and help advance policies that are making a real difference all across the county.”

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    Danielle E. Gaines
    Danielle Gaines most recently worked for Bethesda Beat covering Montgomery County. Previously, she spent six years at The Frederick News-Post as the paper’s principal government and politics reporter for half that time, covering courts and legal affairs before that. She also reported for the now-defunct The Gazette of Politics and Business in Maryland and previously worked as a county government and education reporter at the Merced Sun-Star in California’s Central Valley.