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USC grad is new RNC chief of staff

Sara Armstrong with former First Lady Laura Bush
Sara Armstrong with former First Lady Laura Bush mycarolina.org

A USC graduate who previously worked as CEO of Donald Trump’s inaugural committee has landed a new job as chief of staff of the Republican National Committee.

Sara Armstrong, a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina, was named to the post Tuesday. Former RNC chief of staff Katie Walsh left to become a deputy chief of staff in the Trump White House.

Armstrong, who came back to USC to earn her master’s degree in business administration in 1999, served as vice president of the 2016 Republican National Convention last July. She was formerly a special assistant to former Republican President George W. Bush and deputy chief of staff to first lady Laura Bush.

“Sara Armstrong’s many years of experience working at the RNC and her deep relationships with Republicans everywhere make her a superb choice to help lead the RNC,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement.

Armstrong said she was excited to “maximize” the GOP’s election-winning resources, especially after the party had such a successful 2016. “This is the dawn of a new day for Republicans across America,” Armstrong said. “And we at the RNC will never forget our true mission of fighting for a brighter future for American families.”