Harwell Promotes GOP Spokeswoman, Hires Former Desjarlais Campaign Manager

Statement from House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville; Feb. 8, 2011:

I am pleased to announce two personnel moves to the Leadership Staff that will help ensure our team keeps its promise to restore fiscal discipline in Tennessee government, create an environment for growth, and make Tennessee a better place to live, work and raise a family.

First, Kara Watkins joins the Speaker’s Office to serve as Speaker Harwell’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications and Policy. Kara has a breadth of knowledge about the legislative process and a comprehensive understanding of communications that will serve our office well and we are glad to have her on board.

Secondly, I am pleased to announce Brent Leatherwood has joined the House Republican Caucus where he will bring his experience in message development and communications, as well as a unique policy background. Additionally, he served as Campaign Manager for Scott Desjarlais for Congress. Brent will serve as Press Secretary, helping with communications and policy strategy under Chairman Debra Maggart.

I believe both of these individuals will make Tennessee proud with their service.

Beth Harwell