Rep.-elect Andy Harris' staff features Ehrlich aides
Maryland's new congressman, Republican Andy Harris, has recycled aides to former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to fill his top leadership positions. Harris, who defeated Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil to represent the Eastern Shore and parts of Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Harford counties, will be sworn in Jan. 5.
Harris, a former state senator and longtime ally of the state's only Republican governor in a generation, announced in a release today that he has selected Kevin Reigrut as his chief of staff, Dave Schwartz as his deputy chief/director of communications, Pat Daly as his district director and Ryan Nawrocki as his press secretary. All four worked with Ehrlich in previous years.
Harris' hiring decisions come as state-level Republicans appear to have turned the page on Ehrlich, selecting former state Sen. Alex Mooney over Ehrlich's 2010 running mate Mary Kane as the new state party leader.
Schwartz, a former Ehrlich fundraiser, was in the news this year in his role as lead Maryland tea partier, director of the state's Americans for Prosperity chapter. Nawrocki narrowly lost a Baltimore County Council seat this fall. Reigrut and Daly both served a turn as chief of staff for Harris when he was state senator.
Their bios, via Harris, are available after the jump.
Kevin Reigrut (Chief of Staff) - Reigrut previously served as Harris’ Chief of Staff in the Maryland State Senate and as Planning and Policy Development Manager in former Governor Bob Ehrlich’s Office of Homeland Security. Most recently, Reigrut served as an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton. A Maryland native residing in Pasadena with his wife and two daughters, Reigrut earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Maxwell School of Public Citizenship at Syracuse University.
Dave Schwartz (Deputy Chief of Staff/Director of Communications) – Schwartz, a former aide to Gov. Ehrlich, worked for the past 2 years as Maryland State Director of Americans for Prosperity - a grassroots, free-market organization. He is a lifelong Marylander and lives with his wife in Bel Air.
Pat Daly (District Director) – Daly, the most recent Chief of Staff to Harris in the Maryland State Senate, also served in the Ehrlich administration. He is a Maryland native and has a bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University.
Ryan Nawrocki (Press Secretary) – Nawrocki previously worked in the administration of former Gov. Ehrlich, and most recently served as a communications coordinator for Fortune 100 LifeBridge Health. Born and raised in Maryland, he received a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s (MD) College.