McConnell field representative takes position with Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives

12/02/2014 03:50 PM

UPDATED WITH STATEMENT FROM MCCONNELL: The Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives announced Monday the hire of Chase Crigler, a field representative for Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Crigler, who has worked in McConnell’s northern Kentucky office for five years, joins the organization as Director of Community and Government Affairs. The position was formally held by fellow former McConnell staffer Eric King, who has been hired by the University of Kentucky as director of federal government affairs.

As government affairs director for the organization, which represents Kentucky’s 26 not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing electric services in all but three counties in the state, Crigler will work with lawmakers at the state and national level on energy issues.

“Chase brings a solid Kentucky background and strong relationships with many policymakers and elected officials. His understanding of electric co-ops will be a key part of our work on crucial energy issues in Frankfort and Washington, D.C.,” KAEC President/CEO Chris Perry said in a release about the hire.

In a statement to Pure Politics, Senator McConnell praised Crigler’s work in his office.

“Chase is a proud Kentuckian and has been a loyal and committed public servant. I am thankful for his hard work representing me on behalf of the people of northern Kentucky. He will be missed, and I wish him well in his new endeavor,” McConnell told Pure Politics.

Crigler is married to Julia Bright Crigler, the state director for the Koch brothers-connected non-profit conservative policy and advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.

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