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 McConnellTrump faces crucial decisions on economy, guns Are Democrats turning Trump-like? House Democrat calls for gun control: Cities can ban plastic straws but 'we can't ban assault weapons?' 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 CornynThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Democrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape 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.