Laura Herzog leaving Corker, joining Haslam

Laura Lefler Herzog, communications director for U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, is leaving he Washington post to become deputy communcations director for Gov. Bill Haslam.

Lerzog, who worked four years in Sen. Lamar Alexander’s office before moving to Corker’s office seven years ago, said in an email to media that she would leave her current position at the end of the year and begin working for Haslam in “mid-January.”

“Our son, Jack, will be two in January, and my husband and I have been feeling the urge to be closer to family in and around Tennessee,” she said in the email. Herzog grew up in Loudon, TN.

Further excerpt from her email:

After almost 11 years in Washington (four in Senator Alexander’s office and seven in Senator Corker’s), my family will be headed to Nashville after Christmas. Our son, Jack, will be two in January, and my husband and I have been feeling the urge to be closer to family in and around Tennessee.

Suffice it to say, the past decade+ in our nation’s capital has far exceeded this country mouse’s expectations. Working for Senator Alexander and Senator Corker – objectively speaking, two of the great statesmen of our time – on behalf of the fine people of the Volunteer State has been humbling, challenging and inspiring. In my spare time, I’ve also lived quite a bit of life in Washington: I met and married my husband, grieved the death of my brother, and had my first child. These are ties that bind.

…Beginning in mid-January, I will join Governor Haslam’s office as deputy director of communications. I look forward to working with Alexia, Dave and Mike.” (Note: That would be Alexia Poe, Haslam’s communications director, David Smith, press secretary, and Mike Morrow, who does various other things in the office.)

No successor to Herzog has been named in Corker’s office.