Ricketts adviser and spokesperson named new state GOP director | Regional government

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A longtime voice for Governor Pete Ricketts is leaving state government to lead the Nebraska Republican Party.


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Taylor Gage will become the party’s executive director on Monday, replacing two-year-old director Ryan Hamilton, who is leaving for a campaign post in Nevada.

Gage, the grandson of former Governor Kay Orr, worked for Ricketts for eight years, most recently as director of strategic communications. Prior to joining the governor’s office, he worked on campaigns for Ricketts and Senator Deb Fischer, and served the state Republican Party as convention and outreach coordinator in 2010.

“Taylor brings a wealth of experience and connections to develop the state party and elect more Republicans,” party chairman Dan Welch said in a press release. “We are fortunate to have him on board.”

In a statement, Ricketts thanked Gage for his years of service, especially during the statewide flooding of 2019 and the pandemic of the past two years.

“His contribution shaped our work through it all. Taylor has been a valuable advisor and I look forward to the next step for him.

Hamilton leaves Nebraska to serve as a senior official in the campaign for the United States Senate of Adam Laxalt, a former attorney general of Nevada.

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