Republican operative Ward Baker, a Tennessee native whose political career includes past work with U.S. Reps. Marsha Blackburn and Diane Black, has been named executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Further from The Tennessean:
That means he’ll be charged with protecting the new Republican Senate majority in 2016 after midterm elections earlier this month swung the tide to the GOP.
During 2013-14 round of elections, Baker served as political director for the NRSC.
“For the past 20 plus months, we declared that anything short of winning the majority was a failure, and for the coming cycle anything less than protecting our majority will be a failure,” Baker said. “We have our marching orders.”
The NRSC has named Kevin McLaughlin its new deputy executive director.
Baker, a 37-year-old ex-Marine, helped oversee Republican Senate gains that included knocking off at least four Democratic incumbents while not losing a single Republican Senate seat.
Further still from Politico:
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell played a key role in Baker’s selection, and Senate leaders are pleased to have some continuity. The NRSC team just won the majority and will be defending seven seats in 2016 that Barack Obama carried twice.
Baker served in the Marines before getting into politics. The Tennessee native got his start on Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s 2002 campaign, worked for Haley Barbour’s 2003 election as Mississippi governor and George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign.
Baker spent Bush’s second term focused on down-ballot races at the Republican State Leadership Committee. In 2010, he helped now-Rep. Diane Black win a primary in his home state and then was a senior adviser on Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign. He spent 2012 as an adviser on Mitt Romney’s campaign, a liaison between the Republican National Committee’s victory program in 11 states and Romney’s Boston headquarters.