Mac Brown elected chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky

11/09/2015 09:23 AM

The Republican Party Executive Committee has elected J. McCauley “Mac” Brown, vice president of Brown-Forman and a prominent political fundraiser to lead the party as outgoing chair Steve Robertson joins the private sector.

This is the second high profile move for Brown who was named the chairman of GOP Gov.-elect Matt Bevin’s 21-person transition steering committee last week.

“I am humbled by the vote of confidence from Republican leaders from around the state, and I accept this opportunity to lead the Republican Party of Kentucky,” Brown said in a press release. “The party is unified and prepared to move our state forward. In 2016, we will do our part to elect a Republican president, support Senator Paul, and take our last bastion of liberalism—the Kentucky State House—and turn it red.”

Robertson, who has been acting as chairman of the party since June 2007, joined CivicPoint LLC, the public affairs subsidiary of Frost Brown Todd, as senior vice president in the firm’s Lexington office in July.

In a statement Robertson said, “It has been a privilege to lead the party and watch it grow. Over the last eight years, the party has placed great emphasis on developing its infrastructure and organizational depth, which laid the foundation for the historic wins we saw on election night.

“I have complete confidence in Mac’s ability to expand on the gains that the Republican Party has steadily secured,” Robertson continued.

Other prominent Republican leaders in Frankfort and in Washington D.C. remarked on Brown’s election as leader of the party, and Robertson’s work over the last eight years.

U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulated Brown in a press release.

“Mac has been an exceptional and talented business leader in our state for many years, and we are fortunate to now have him put those skills to work on behalf of our Party,” McConnell said. “Under the leadership of Mac Brown, our Party is in good hands as we head into the very important 2016 elections.”

“I also want to thank Steve Robertson for leading our Party during the past eight years. Steve has helped us win election after election, has been an invaluable advisor and spokesman, and has worked tirelessly to build the Republican Party of Kentucky. Thank you, Steve, for a job well done,” McConnell continued.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, Gov.-elect Matt Bevin, state Senate President Robert Stivers, state House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, and the five GOP Congressman all offered their congratulations to Brown in a press release.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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