Long-time Republican spokesman Brian Nick is returning to Washington, sort of.
Nick, 31, will take the helm of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole's Senate operation as her chief of staff beginning May 21. He'll be based in Dole's Raleigh office but will travel to Washington several days a week.
As chief of staff, Nick will become one of Dole's top employees, managing her office staff, her legislative agenda and her constituent service.
He has worked for Dole since 2001, starting as her deputy campaign manager, then moving into roles as press secretary and communications director after her election in 2002.
When she took over as chairwoman of the National Republican Senatorial Campaign, Nick became its communications director, organizing the NRSC’s public relations strategy in an election year that saw the Senate switch from GOP to Democratic control.
Nick moved back to Raleigh this past winter and worked briefly as Dole's political consultant.
"I've been part of her operation for the past six years, and this is an opportunity to work with a lot of friends," Nick said this morning.
Nick replaces Dole's current chief of staff, Greg Gross.