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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 01/ 3/2011

McDonnell adviser Cox named executive director of GOP governors association

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Phil Cox, who ran Gov. Bob McDonnell's gubernatorial campaign in 2009 and remains one of his top advisers, has been named executive director of the Republican Governors Association.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the group's newly elected chairman, announced the appointment Monday.

Cox will remain executive director to McDonnell's political action committee, Opportunity Virginia. McDonnell serves as vice chairman of RGA. He also will continue to advise Virginia Republicans looking to take back control of the state Senate in this year's elections.

"Phil is uniquely qualified to help guide the RGA as it embarks on an expanded role, welcoming more than 15 new governors," McDonnell said. "Having served as my campaign manager, transition director and senior political adviser during my first year as governor, Phil knows how to run highly effective campaigns and understands the many responsibilities confronting our new slate of governors."

Cox previously worked as RGA political field director, coordinating efforts in seven of the 37 governor's races last year.

"The governors have established an extremely high bar by which to measure success at the RGA," Cox said. "I am humbled to have their trust and am excited to not only defend and grow our majority, but also help turn our country around by equipping our governors with resources to help them govern effectively."

By Anita Kumar  | January 3, 2011; 10:56 AM ET
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