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 McConnellOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Deal on defense bill proves elusive | Hill, Holmes offer damaging testimony | Trump vows to block Navy from ousting officer from SEALs Trump steps up GOP charm offensive as impeachment looms Congressional authority in a time of Trump executive overreach 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 steps up GOP charm offensive as impeachment looms 2020 hopes rise for gun control groups after Virginia elections Tensions rise in Senate's legislative 'graveyard' 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.