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Sara Armstrong, RNC Chief of Staff, Resigns

Sara Armstrong, RNC Chief of Staff, Resigns

Republican National Committee Headquarters on November 9, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 01 September 2017 09:35 AM

Sara Armstrong, the Republican National Committee's chief of staff, resigned Thursday to take a high-level position at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, marking the committee's sixth department within a month.

Armstrong had been the RNC's chief of staff since earlier this year and before that helped run the party's 2016 national convention in Cleveland and President Donald Trump's inauguration, Politico noted.

"It's been an honor to have served at the RNC and I'm forever thankful to have worked with so many top-notch professionals," Armstrong said in a statement, Politico reported. "The RNC is in a strong position thanks to record fundraising and I'm confident they will be successful moving forward as they work to support the White House and elect Republicans up-and-down the ballot."

She will become vice president of political affairs and federation relations at the chamber, joining Scott Reed and Rob Engstrom, the organization said in a statement.

"Never has the voice of business been more important than today," Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said in its statement. "With Sara, Scott, and Rob leading our political program, we're assured the chamber's voice will be heard and voters will learn where candidates stand on issues impacting free enterprise."

Politico reported that RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel has started a search for a replacement while Richard Walters, the committee's finance director, will act as interim chief of staff.

Armstrong had an extensive track record with the RNC and Republican politics, serving as the committee's chief operating officer for the 2014 election cycle after serving as deputy chief of staff during the 2012 presidential election cycle, said a party statement in January when she was made chief of staff.

She was a special assistant to President George W. Bush and deputy chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush. She also served in the Bush Administration as the director of the White House Visitors Office, the RNC said.

According to Politico, RNC staffers Conor Maguire, director of external support; Liam O'Rourke, deputy chief data officer; Ashley Burns, director of political data support; and Patrick Stewart, director of business intelligence; have announced their departures over the past month. Jesse Kamzol, the RNC's chief data officer, abruptly left as well, Politico said.

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Sara Armstrong, the Republican National Committee's chief of staff, resigned Thursday to take a high-level position at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, marking the committee's sixth department within a month.
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