"I am excited to announce that Kris Anderson has returned to the RNC to head the accomplished research team as the new Research Director,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in a statement. “Kris’ extensive background in heading opposition research efforts and in communications on several political campaigns and on [Capitol] Hill will be an asset to the team as we continue to hold the Democrats, Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHolder: DOJ, FBI should reject Trump's requests The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Frenzy over Kennedy retirement rumors | Trump challenges DOJ Asian American and Pacific Islander community will be critical to ensuring successful 2018 elections for Democrats MORE and his administration accountable for their failed policies."

Anderson is a former staffer to Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and worked briefly for Jon Huntsman's 2012 campaign. In 2008, he worked for the RNC as a senior researcher.

In his statement, Priebus said Anderson would begin work immediately targeting Democratic candidates in the 2014 midterm elections.

"Under the direction of Kris, the research team will look to build extensive research files on 2014 Democratic House and Senate candidates, in addition to beginning to focus on potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates," Priebus said. "I look forward to working with Kris to defeat the Democrats and seeing how he and his staff can build on the successful research efforts of last election cycle."