[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/12/art.rncbox0312,gu.jpg caption="Ken McKay will be responsible for the RNC's day-to-day operations."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Embattled Republic National Committee Chairman Michael Steele announced Thursday that he had tapped Ken McKay as the RNC’s new chief of staff.
The new chairman has begun to rebuild the organization after a major staff shake-up in the wake of his election to head the GOP’s national committee earlier this year.
“I am excited to have such an outstanding leader become part of our team,” Steele said in a statement. “Ken’s background and expertise will help revitalize the RNC and elect more Republicans.”
Prior to joining the RNC, McKay managed the 2002 and 2006 gubernatorial campaigns of Rhode Island’s GOP Gov. Donald Carcieri and served as the governor’s chief of staff. McKay, a lawyer, was most recently a partner with the law firm Brown Rudnick.
As the RNC’s chief of staff, McKay will be responsible for the committee’s “the day-to-day operations . . . including overseeing personnel and managing resources,” the RNC said in a statement Thursday.