Top McConnell spokesman to join Global Automakers

Top McConnell spokesman to join Global Automakers
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A longtime spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Treasury rejects Dem subpoena for Trump tax returns | Companies warn trade war about to hit consumers | Congress, White House to launch budget talks next week | Trump gets deal to lift steel tariffs on Mexico, Canada Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act House Dem cites transgender grandson in voting for Equality Act MORE (R-Ky.) is leaving Capitol Hill to join the Association of Global Automakers.

Don Stewart, who was previously McConnell's deputy chief of staff and worked as a top communications adviser to McConnell for more than a decade, will become the executive vice president of public affairs for the association.

In that role, he will oversee the group's government affairs and communications activities.

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“I am excited to join such a vibrant, innovative, and globally competitive industry, particularly one focused on increasing jobs and opportunities across our country,” Stewart said in a statement. “I look forward to expanding and integrating Global Automakers engagement in Washington and across the country.”

Global Automakers is a trade association that represents international automakers operating in the U.S.

In addition to working for McConnell, Stewart also previously worked on the staffs of Sen. John CornynJohn CornynTrump's immigration push faces Capitol Hill buzzsaw The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate Sinema, Gallagher fastest lawmakers in charity race MORE (R-Texas) and former Sens. Paul Coverdell (R-Ga.) and Phil Gramm (R-Texas).

John Bozzella, president and CEO of Global Automakers, said in a statement that Stewart will come to Global Automakers "with a proven track record as an effective leader and key strategist in public affairs, issue management and strategic communications."

“We are excited to have Stew step into this key role at a time when our industry is the focus of many policy debates on auto trade, vehicle electrification and automation," Bozzella added.