House GOP Caucus makes staff changes

News release from House Republican Caucus

(NASHVILLE) — Today, the Tennessee House Republican Caucus announced the promotion of two current staff members and the addition of three new hires in order to better serve the 74-member caucus.

Cade Cothren has been promoted from Press Secretary of the House Republican Caucus to the new Director of Communications. The University of Tennessee graduate brings extensive experience to his new position from his time working with the caucus over the last five years, both on the campaign and official side. Cothren will oversee all internal and external communications efforts and craft overall caucus public relation strategies.

Holt Whitt has been promoted from Research Analyst to Director of Policy. Whitt will assist House Majority Leader Glen Casada (R–Thompson’s Station) with the passage of the governor’s legislative package. The former research analyst for the 108th and 109th Tennessee General Assemblies will also work with caucus members on policy matters.

Doug Kufner joins the House Republicans as the new caucus Press Secretary. He will serve as the primary spokesperson and media contact for news outlets across the state. Kufner is also responsible for providing internal communications updates to the caucus leadership and its members. He has over thirteen years of reporting and anchoring experience in the region.

Rebekah Raymond joins the House Republican Caucus as Policy Advisor. The Lipscomb University graduate received her J.D. from University of Tennessee College of Law. Raymond will work closely with House Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan Williams (R–Cookeville) on policy issues and research. She will also assist additional caucus members on policy research matters and help streamline the bill review process.

Jay Klein joins the House Republican Caucus staff as Digital Communications Coordinator. Klein will manage caucus digital communications platforms and assist members with social media tools to enhance their exposure among constituents. Klein previously served as Campaign Manager for State Representative Jay Reedy (R–Erin).

“This group offers diverse experience and exudes a level of professionalism that will benefit all of our caucus members so they can stay well-informed and share our conservative message with the citizens they serve,” said House Majority Leader Glen Casada. “We are excited and feel fortunate to have them as part of our team.”

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