Ramsey Adds New Staff, Including ‘Former Professional Blogger’

Press Release from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, Feb. 22, 2011:

Lt. Governor announces key staff changes

(Nashville) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) today announced key staff changes, including new Chief of Staff Lance Frizzell. Mr. Frizzell, formerly Deputy Chief of Staff, has over a decade of policy and political strategy experience in Tennessee and is a decorated combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“Lance has a wealth of knowledge and experience in public policy matters and is dedicated to serving the citizens of Tennessee,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “He has my complete trust and confidence.”

Two other key staff appointments include Communications Director Adam Kleinheider and Special Assistant to the Lt. Governor, Jordan Young. Before joining the Lt. Governor’s office, Kleinheider founded and managed the respected “Post Politics” website.

“I have encountered very few people involved or engaged in state government in Tennessee who didn’t count Kleinheider’s blog as a valuable resource for staying informed each day,” said Lt. Gov. Ramsey. “We’re excited to have him as part of our team.”

Ramsey also announced the addition of Jordan Young to the staff as Special Assistant. Young was East Tennessee Field Director for Ron Ramsey’s gubernatorial campaign as well as a field representative for the Tennessee Republican Party during the 2010 general election cycle.

“Jordan is an outstanding young man who has already proven himself to be effective and dedicated to serving the citizens of Tennessee,” said Lt. Gov. Ramsey. “I’m very pleased to have such an invaluable asset as a member of the team both here in Nashville and back home in my district.”

Lance Frizzell – Chief of Staff

Awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Frizzell has a long and respected tenure in politics and government in Tennessee. Prior to his four-year tenure as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Lieutenant Governor, Frizzell served as press secretary for the House GOP Caucus and as the Tennessee Republican Party’s political director. He represents Rutherford, Bedford and Moore counties on the TN Republican Party’s State Executive Committee. Frizzell holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a graduate degree in mass communications from Middle Tennessee State University.

Adam Kleinheider – Communications Director

Kleinheider is a well-known political blogger and writer, first as part of WKRN-TV’s innovative new media program and then again at NashvillePost.com, where he founded and managed the respected “Post Politics” website. He will handle not only traditional communications strategy and media but will also take the lead in online and social media outreach. Kleinheider is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and has a degree in political science.

Jordan Young – Special Assistant to the Lt. Governor

A graduate of the University of Tennessee majoring in computer engineering and business administration, Young previously served as the East Tennessee Field Director for Lt. Gov. Ramsey’s gubernatorial campaign as well as a field representative for the Tennessee Republican Party during the 2010 general election cycle. Currently the vice-chair of Sullivan County’s Republican Party, Young will divide his time between the Lieutenant Governor’s state Senate district office and the Lt. Governor’s office in Nashville.