Hagerty’s staff to be led by former Corker, Haslam aide Rader

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty speaks at Nashville event on Dec. 3, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Nashville) has named John Rader, an onetime aide to former Sen. Bob Corker and Gov. Bill Haslam, as his chief of staff. Rader also worked for Hagerty on former President Donald Trump’s transition team in 2016.

Hagerty’s state staff, led by former Haslam chief of staff Jim Henry, was announced previously.

Here’s the full release from Hagerty’s office.

WASHINGTON – United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) today announced the appointment of a team of experienced professionals to his staff. In addition to the State office appointments announced earlier, Hagerty has appointed Cookeville, Tennessee native, John Rader, as his Chief of Staff, as well as other exceptionally qualified men and women who will make up his administration, communications, and policy teams in Washington, D.C.

“Not only does the team I have assembled in my Washington office augment the strong on-the-ground state organization announced this month, they also bring a wide array of experiences and qualifications that will serve our state and the country well,” said Senator Hagerty. “Under John Rader’s leadership, and with the senior team I have assembled, I am confident this talented group will work above and beyond to serve the needs of Tennesseans and our Nation.”

Administrative

John N. Rader will serve as Chief of Staff. Rader, who brings legislative and executive branch experience, at the federal and state level, most recently served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives at the White House. Rader also served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Policy Advisor to the National Security Advisor and Deputy Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategy. Prior to his time in the administration, Rader served as Deputy Director of Presidential Appointments on the 2016 Presidential Transition Team. Rader previously served as counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and as Acting Deputy Counsel and Assistant Deputy Counsel to the Governor of the State of Tennessee. He received his B.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Rader is a native of Cookeville, Tennessee.

Clark Milner will serve as Chief Counsel to Hagerty. Milner was previously Deputy Counsel to Governor Bill Lee, a role in which he advised the governor and governor’s staff regarding legal, legislative, ethical, and other matters, assisted in the development, drafting, and implementation of legislation, and helped coordinate the legal affairs of the executive branch of state government. He previously served as Associate Deputy Counsel to Governor Bill Haslam, was an associate with Bass, Berry, and Sims PLC in Nashville, and was a law clerk to Judge Thomas A. Varlan of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Milner received his law degree from the University of Tennessee and his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. He is from Knoxville, Tennessee.

Jim Durrett will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. Durrett previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN). He has served in senior staff roles for U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), and U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). He is a graduate of Austin Peay State University. Durrett is from Clarksville, Tennessee.

Betsy Van Dam will serve as Executive Assistant and Scheduler. Van Dam has supported Hagerty for the past ten years in the private sector as well as his stateside commitments during Hagerty’s tenure as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan. She served with the Presidential Appointments group on the 2016 Presidential Transition Team and as Hagerty’s Executive Assistant in the Department of Economic and Community Development for the State of Tennessee. She is from Franklin, Tennessee. 

Addison Osborne will serve as Assistant Scheduler. Osborne previously held internships in the White House Office of Political Affairs, at the Republican National Convention, and with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) Office. She is a recent graduate of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. 

Legend Brumbaugh will serve as Staff Assistant and Personal Aide to the Senator. Previously, Brumbaugh worked as a Regional Field Representative for Hagerty’s Senate campaign in Knoxville. He is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado, where he played football. Brumbaugh is from Knoxville, Tennessee.

Communications

Judd Deere will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications. Deere, who will also serve as the Senator’s spokesperson, most recently served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary. He also spent time as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Media Affairs and before that as Director of State Communications. Prior to joining the administration, Deere was Director of Communications for Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and served as Deputy Campaign Manager and Director of Communications for the Tim Griffin for Arkansas campaign. Deere brings prior U.S. Senate experience from his time as Press Secretary and Digital Director for U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Correspondence Director for U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR). Before his first stint on Capitol Hill, Deere was a Field Director for the Republican Party of Arkansas during the 2010 campaign in the State’s third congressional district. Deere holds a B.A. in Political Science from Lyon College, and is a native of Benton, Arkansas.

Julia Hahn will serve as Senior Communications Advisor. Hahn most recently served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Communications Director. She also served as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Rapid Response and Surrogate Operations. Previously, Hahn worked in media as the Executive Producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and a reporter at Breitbart News. She previously worked on Capitol Hill as Press Secretary to former Congressman Dave Brat (VA-07). Hahn graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Philosophy.

Bailee Beshires will serve as Press Assistant. Beshires joins Hagerty’s office having previously served as Press Assistant for former U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN). She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where she also served as Communications Assistant at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. She is from Henderson, Tennessee.

Audrey Traynor will serve as Digital Assistant. Traynor most recently served as Communications Assistant for former U.S. Senator David Perdue’s (R-GA) 2020 re-election campaign. Prior to joining the Perdue campaign, Traynor worked in communications for the Georgia Department of Labor. She is originally from Atlanta, and holds a B.A. in Advertising from the University of Georgia.

Policy

Adam Telle returns to the Senate to serve as Hagerty’s Chief Advisor. Most recently, Telle led the White House Office of Legislative Affairs’ Senate team, where he also managed all national security and appropriations matters. Previously, Telle was the chief staff member on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Homeland Security Subcommittee, serving under the chairmanship of U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS), Richard Shelby (R-AL), John Boozman (R-AR), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). He also spent 10 years in the Office of Senator Cochran, where he served as Deputy Chief of Staff, Legislative Director, and the top national security staffer. Telle began his Senate career in the Office of Senator Shelby. He is a native of Northport, Alabama and holds degrees in computer science and communication from Mississippi State University, where he was elected student body president. Telle spent childhood summers in Sevier County, Tennessee, where his parents were married, and Telle himself was married in Nashville on the campus of Vanderbilt University, his wife’s alma mater.

Jonathan S. Greenstein will serve as Senior Policy Advisor. He previously was a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Treasury. In the private sector, he worked in Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division covering financial institutions. He holds a J.D. from Yale, and a B.A. and MBA from Harvard.

Robert Zarate will serve as National Security Advisor. Zarate most recently served on the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State. He previously served as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and advanced the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (Public Law 116-76), Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act (Public Law 116-145), Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act (Public Law 115–272), and the Senate-passed Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act (S. 1, 116th Congress). He earlier served as National Security Advisor to former U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01). Zarate earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago.

Colonel (Retired) Joel D. Rayburn will serve as Special Advisor for Middle East Affairs. Rayburn has almost three decades of experience as a diplomat and military officer. Most recently, he has served two-and-half years as the U.S. Special Envoy for Syria in the U.S. Department of State. Previously, he was Senior Director for Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon on the National Security Council. Along with numerous deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans, Rayburn taught history at West Point and became a published scholar of the Middle East. His 26-year Army career culminated in his 2013-2016 directorship of the Army’s Iraq War Study Group and the publication of a two-volume history, “The U.S. Army in the Iraq War” (2018). Rayburn also authored a book on Iraqi politics, “Iraq After America” (2013) and numerous articles on Middle Eastern affairs. He holds master’s degrees from Texas A&M University and the National War College.

Natalie McIntyre will serve as Deputy Legislative Director. McIntyre was formerly Deputy to the Associate Director for Legislative Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) where she handled the Senate portfolio and was the primary contact to Senate offices and OMB components. Before that, she was a Senior Policy Advisor and White House Liaison at the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Prior to her time in the administration, McIntyre was a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and handled the healthcare, transportation, and the budget portfolios. Natalie holds a M.P.P from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and a B.S in Financial Economics from Centre College.  

Andrew H. Hogin will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for State Relations. He will focus on Tennessee-specific projects in Washington D.C. Previously, Hogin served as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative David Kustoff (TN-08). He also served as Legislative Liaison for Hagerty during his tenure as Commissioner of Economic and Community Development for the State of Tennessee and prior to that as an Aide to Governor Bill Haslam. Hogin is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, and holds a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Tennessee. 

Lucas Da Pieve will serve as Projects Director. Da Pieve most recently served as the Deputy Legislative Director and Projects Manager, supervising all appropriations requests for former U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Previously he was the Director of Digital Response in the Office of Presidential Correspondence at the White House. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and has worked in government and politics since 2013. Da Pieve is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. His family has lived in Blount County since 2008.

Kevin Kim will serve as the National Security Fellow. Kim previously served as the Senior Advisor to Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control, where he participated in multiple rounds of United States-Russia arms control negotiations. He was also the Chief of Staff to Special Representative for North Korea. Kim was previously an analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the Department of State, focusing on East Asia, non-proliferation, and Western Europe. Prior to joining the Department of State, Kim worked at the World Bank Group and the U.S. Korea Institute at SAIS Kim. He holds a B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Catholic University of America.  

Shane Harris will serve as Special Projects Coordinator. Prior to joining Hagerty’s team, Harris was Associate Director for the White House Office of the Staff Secretary. He also previously served in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. Harris holds a B.A. in Political Science from Wittenberg University.

Riley Stamper will serve as a Legislative Correspondent and Personal Aide to Hagerty. Stamper most recently served as Personal Aide to Hagerty during his 2020 campaign. Previously, he served in former U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) Office. He is a graduate of Wofford College. Stamper is a ninth-generation Tennessean, originally from Knoxville, Tennessee.

Nick Elliot will serve as a Legislative Correspondent. Previously, he served as Deputy Field Director for Hagerty’s campaign. Elliot is a graduate of Georgetown University. He is from Nashville, Tennessee.

Rachel Leong will serve as a Legislative Correspondent. Leong previously worked in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, first as a Staff Assistant on the Senate team and later Special Assistant to the Director of Legislative Affairs. Leong holds a B.A. from Texas A&M University, and is currently pursuing her M.S. in International Business at George Washington University. 

Shea Throckmorton will serve as a Legislative Correspondent. Previously, he served as West Tennessee Field Representative for Hagerty’s campaign. Throckmorton is a graduate of the University of Mississippi. He is from Memphis, Tennessee. 

29 Responses to Hagerty’s staff to be led by former Corker, Haslam aide Rader

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    James White says:

    I am going to need some help counting all of the Deep State Council on Foreign Relations Members. Joel Rayburn jumps out….

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    No conservatives. No surprise. I’m sure a Haslam/Corker democrat will be a good fit for a man whose first act was to throw his benefactor and constituents under the Pelosi/Schumer train. SMH

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    James B. Garrett says:

    Does this really surprise anyone?

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    I am willing to suspend judgement until Hagerty’s Heritage score comes out. That will tell us what we need to know as to whether Marvelous Mark Green (Heritage-100%!) needs to start accumulating money for a primary challenge to Hagerty in 2026.

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      David Collins says:

      Stuart, you rely on your Heritage ratings like a drunk does a lamppost. Why not exercise some independent judgment on these folks. And, as a point of personal privileged, jumping back to our Rick Scott exchange yesterday, I guess you were not in Tennessee a few years back when Scott was running Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) but under his “leadership” HCA was found to have committed millions of dollars of Medicare fraud. They had to pay it all back and were fined millions of dollars as well. If you try and defend him by saying it all went on without his knowledge, then that demonstrates that he pays little or no attention to his business. It was either that or he did know about it and that makes him a crook. In either case it demonstrates he is not fit to hold any public office. As to the question as to why he was not charged, you will have to ask the Justice Department. I could never figure out why he wasn’t charged.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        David, it saddens me that you join a number of others in this forum who simply don’t like the fact that conservatives are no longer flying blind to the extent that they show up and vote for a Lamar Alexander (Heritage-50%) oblivious of the fact that Lamar voted liberal about as often as he voted conservative on key issues. Heritage Action is simply the lobbying arm of the Heritage Foundation, a most venerable mainstream conservative organization. In all the years I have followed Heritage I have disagreed with their stand on legislation a handful of times. Thus, as a conservative I follow the numerical ratings as to the voting record of members of Congress of this mainstream conservative organization. I am simply mystified that you and others find that action as indicative of a lack of “independent judgement.” I wonder whether you find the behavior of liberal Democrats in Congress whose party discipline finds them all voting in lockstep with almost no dissent indicative of a lack of “independent judgement” or is it that when liberals all agree with each other its because they have been given a divine gift of always being right whereas when conservatives do the same thing in shows lack of “independent judgement.”

        We’ve just come through an election when you liberals seem frantically anxious to leave the running of the process and the counting of votes to the authorities. I am puzzled why you don’t do the same regarding criminal law. Every schoolchild knows that the Sixth Amendment in our Bill of Rights sets out a heavy burden for the state to try and prove that someone committed a crime. Until that burden is discharged everyone is presumed innocent, EVEN CONSERVATIVES with whom someone on the left disagrees politically.

        I would guess David, that all you know about Rick Scott’s (Heritage-94%) involvement in the HCA illegality is what you learn in the liberal mainstream media. A media that is not known for being especially fair to conservatives or to underplay any incident involving conservatives. You may ” . . . never figure our why he wasn’t charged” but let me guess, BECAUSE THERE WASN’T ENOUGH EVIDENCE THAT HE COMMITTED A CRIME! Why you can’t leave it at that, even though you don’t like Rick’s politics I will never understand. I want to deprive liberals of elective office, I don’t want to see them go to jail without sufficient evidence that they committed a crime.

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          David Collins says:

          More than likely Stuart the U.S. Attorney’s office may have felt they could not carry their burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. That does not mean the persons not guilty, it means that the burden cannot be reached. Regardless, it happened on his watch–the largest Medicare fraud in the history of the program. So, it either happened on his watch under his nose and he didn’t catch on to it (gross incompetence as a leader) or, he did know about it and the government just couldn’t prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. Either way he is unfit for public office in my opinion.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Or he didn’t know about it and it was an ignorance that was excusable and understandable insofar as no Chief Executive cannot be personally expected to know all the goings on in an organization with over $150 million in annual sales with 184 hospitals and 180 general acute care facilities in 21 states and England. Whatever his successes or shortcomings as a CEO he is now a U. S. Senator and with a Heritage score of 94%, he is a great U. S. Senator who I hope to see in office for many more years in the future.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Didn’t catch the double negative so that should read “. . .no Chief Executive can be personally expected. . . .”

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          Taxpayer #314 says:

          So it is Heritage Action that supplies the bribes to see who gets on the Giant Conservative Scoreboard, it that right?? This score card thing is like a report card for the kids to take back to their supporters…see…it’s says so right here… I am a good guy! Just wave that score around.
          “Not enough evidence that he committed a crime” in conservative circles these days usually turns into “paying a large fine but not admitting any guilt.” Even that might raise a score for the right person.

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          Taxpayer #314 says:

          Yeah, they are no longer flying blind, they are all in a row flying in a blind daze and just following the supreme leaders wishes all based on the big scoreboard. Not an original thinker in the entire bunch. Sad.

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      James White says:

      Hagerty’s Heritage score should be Great! All him and Marsha have to do is Vote AGAINST the Democrats. So if the Democrats want 4 trillion deficit and the Republicans want 3 trillion, and both of our NeoCon sentators vote for LESS SPENDING !!!! then they Score.
      When really they should get 0.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Not true. Heritage key voted the $1.4 Trillion Omnibus & $900 Billion Covid Package voted on last month with “NO” being the correct vote. Naturally, our esteemed senior Senator was one of only six Senators to vote “NO.”

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    Cryan says:

    Why does he need this many people to run his Senate office? He’s not going to be doing anything in the minority.

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      Cannoneer2 says:

      Government bloat is a fine thing, as long as it is Republican government bloat. It has been a long time since Marsha has said “Well… if they just cut the budget…”

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Just to be clear, is this article about “Republican government bloat”? I don’t know but I would imagine every similarly situated Senator gets a budget to run his office no matter the party. How he spends that money is probably up to him in terms of staff and their salaries.

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          Taxpayer #314 says:

          Yeah, keep your crooked buddies close to you – gotta keep the boys employed! Maybe he can bump up their scores a little and they can grow up to be bigger crooks.

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      Eddie White says:

      It would be interesting to know what the total budget is for staff. It seems somewhat bloated based on what I just read. Might be a good place to save some taxpayer dollars.

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    Whether the article is about bloat or not is irrelevant, as one should always keep an eye out for it. Streamline government. Thirteen people dealing with policy for one Senator seems a bit much to me.

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Let’s not give Marsha and Bill a pass on stabbing Trump in the back then turning g the same knife on us. Breaking promises to constituents got a lot of people beat in the income tax vote in TN. Marsha of all should remember that. She will now be a political victim of her never trump policy. Hagerty always has been against Trump. Very possible they knew ahead of time contributions would be cut for challenging electors. It’s all about money.

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      James White says:

      Yeah, Masha voted to Override Trump’s veto of the Bloated National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2021. She is a big spender.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      No Phil, it’s about political wisdom or savvy. The investigation commission Marsha and Bill were supposed to vote for was a symbolic gesture. There was never enough votes to establish such a commission but having the debate about establishing one focused attention on the election irregularities that the Republicans were complaining about.

      After the moronic Trumpidians invaded the Capitol, however, the time for symbolic gestures had passed and the useful opportunity for a much needed debate and investigation of the 2020 election had also passed as the entire matter suddenly turned out to be toxic for Republicans that had to be disposed of ASAP. Wise move by Marsha and Bill to get off of that dead horse ASAP.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        Stuart says “the entire matter suddenly turned out to be toxic for Republicans that had to be disposed of ASAP. Wise move by Marsha and Bill to get off of that dead horse ASAP.” Yeah, those two were fighting for Trump but gave it up quick when it became TOXIC to do so anymore. Which ever way the wind blows, that’s our senators. It happens more and more often now that the entire right wing conservatives have gone belly up with legal and ethical troubles.

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      Perry Aubric says:

      Challenging electors won in a free and fair election is as un-American as it comes, traitor Philip. She was late to reality, but at least she didn’t go along with that subversion of democracy.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Yeah, now that those “Moronic Trumpidians” are in deep trouble with the law and voters, support is vanishing so Marsha and the Hag certainly don’t want to admit their gushing support and love they have shown to the Orange wrecker ball for the last 4 years.

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