Sen. Lamar Alexander says he is "stunned, surprised and disappointed" by new revelations his chief of staff is being investigated in a child pornography probe.
Ryan Loskarn, the Tennessee Republican's 35-year-old chief of staff in Washington, D.C., has been put on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
Loskarn served as communications director for U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee from 2003 to 2007.
"I was just informed by the United States Senate legal counsel’s office that law enforcement agents are conducting a search of the personal residence of Ryan Loskarn … regarding allegations involving child pornography," Alexander said in a statement posted on his website
"I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned, he added. "Based on this information, I immediately placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay. The office is fully cooperating with the investigation."
Loskarn, a 2000 graduate of Tulane University, was hired at Alexander’s chief of staff in January 2012 and receives an annual salary of $169,000.
He was named one of Roll Call’s “Fabulous 50 Movers and Shakers" in 2011 when he was staff director of the Senate Republican Conference.
Alexander, who is running for reelection next year, has represented Tennessee since 2003.
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