Senate aide Josh Holmes named McConnell's next chief of staff

12/09/2010 12:32 PM

(UPDATED WITH VIDEO INTERVIEW) U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has named Josh Holmes, who heads the Senate Republicans’ communications center, as his next chief of staff in his his Washington, D.C., office, cn|2 Politics has confirmed.

Josh Holmes was named chief of staff to Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on Dec. 9, 2010.

Holmes will take over for Billy Piper, who is leaving at the end of the month to join a Washington lobbying firm after serving as McConnell’s top aide since 2002.

Robert Steurer, spokesman for McConnell, confirmed that the senator announced Holmes’ promotion shortly after noon Thursday.

Holmes, an Arizona State University graduate, has served as staff director for the Senate Republican Communications Center that responds to media requests and monitors coverage of the Senate GOP conference. He has worked on McConnell’s staff since 2007.

During the fall 2010 election, Holmes worked for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, including on behalf of Rand Paul in Kentucky. Two years earlier, he spent much of the 2008 general election in Kentucky working on McConnell’s re-election bid against Democrat Bruce Lunsford.

In 2007, Holmes was director of the Republican National Committee’s rapid response team.

Here is the interview with Holmes taped early Thursday afternoon after the announcement:

- Ryan Alessi

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