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Bush White House Staffer to Become New First Lady’s Top Aide

Press Release from Gov.-elect Bill Haslam, Dec. 7, 2010:

Christi Gibbs Is Former Assistant Campaign Manager to Governor-Elect Haslam

NASHVILLE – Crissy Haslam, wife of Governor-elect Bill Haslam, today announced former Assistant Campaign Manager Christi Gibbs as Chief of Staff to the First Lady.

Gibbs brings extensive political and administrative experience to the First Lady’s Office and will work to promote and implement Crissy Haslam’s agenda during her time as First Lady of Tennessee.

“Christi was someone I came to rely on during the campaign time and again, and I know there wasn’t a facet of the campaign that didn’t benefit from her involvement,” Crissy Haslam said. “She’s extremely talented, hardworking and capable, and I’m looking forward to working closely with her in the First Lady’s Office.”

Gibbs joined Gov.-elect Haslam’s campaign in Fall 2009, and as assistant campaign manager, she aided with political organization, communication strategy and outreach and overall campaign management.

Before the campaign Gibbs worked at a private investment firm, Cressey & Company, aiding Nashville partners Ralph Davis and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. She previously worked in the West Wing of the White House as the Associate Director of the National Economic Council during the George W. Bush administration.

“It was evident quickly the impact that Mrs. Haslam had on Governor-elect Haslam’s campaign; they were an unbeatable team,” Gibbs said. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to aid in the continuation of this teamwork and help improve upon the challenges facing our state.”

Gibbs has a B.A. in Journalism and Spanish from Texas Tech University and is an active participant in the Nashville community. She serves as President of the Texas Tech Alumni Association for Middle Tennessee, is an active member of the Junior League of Nashville volunteering for the Books from Birth Foundation and currently serves on the board of the Tomorrow Fund. Gibbs is married to Landon Gibbs.