RPK chair Steve Robertson transitioning to private sector; McConnell staffer Mike Biagi tapped as replacement

07/16/2015 10:38 AM

Steve Robertson, chair of the Republican Party of Kentucky, is moving to the private sector with law firm Frost Brown Todd.

Robertson, who has been acting as chairman of the party since June 2007, is joining CivicPoint LLC, the public affairs subsidiary of Frost Brown Todd, as senior vice president in the firm’s Lexington office, according to a press release.

“I am excited to join CivicPoint, not only for the firm’s strength in Kentucky, but because it’s the only multistate public affairs firm in our region,” Robertson said in a statement. “The opportunity to work at this scale is unique, and I look forward to helping clients achieve their goals in Kentucky — and throughout the CivicPoint footprint.”

As Robertson, who has been with RPK since 1994, transitions to the private sector, the party announced that Mike Biagi has been hired as the organization’s executive director beginning Aug. 1.

“Mike’s experience and connections will be a valuable asset to the Republican Party of Kentucky,” Robertson said. “I’m confident he will succeed in balancing the needs of everyone who depends on the state party to win elections.”

Biagi has served as a field representative for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the Louisville region. Previously, Biagi worked in Washington, D.C., as a legislative aide to former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup, R-Louisville, and U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville.

“This November, we must elect Matt Bevin as governor and elect all our Republican candidates for statewide office,” Biagi said. “In 2016, we will work to support Senator Rand Paul, maintain our huge majority in the State Senate, and flip the State House to Republican control for the first time nearly 100 years.”

Robertson will continue with RPK as chair through the November elections, but payroll will shift on Aug. 15, when Robertson will continue the duties of chairman unpaid.

The state executive committee will decide the next steps to name a new chairman of the state GOP.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, 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 the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.



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