Washington (CNN) - As the field of potential Republican presidential candidates searches for staffers and advisers to run their campaigns in the key early nominating states, they can scratch one of South Carolina's top GOP operatives off their lists.
Longtime Columbia-based strategist Terry Sullivan is heading to Capitol Hill, two sources familiar with the decision told CNN, to serve as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's Deputy Chief of Staff.
Sullivan has a long resume in South Carolina politics, but he has also worked on several other high-profile races, including Rubio's winning Senate campaign and, before that, Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's ill-fated 2010 gubernatorial bid.
He is a longtime adviser to South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, a close Rubio ally. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sullivan headed up former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign in the Palmetto State, which traditionally holds the First-in-the-South presidential primary.