Gov. Perry Names Rob Johnson Campaign Manager

July 13, 2009

Gov. Perry Names Rob Johnson Campaign Manager
Also announces campaign team leaders including key field staff

AUSTIN – Texas Governor Rick Perry today named the key leaders on his re-election campaign staff, headed by new campaign manager, Rob Johnson. Johnson currently serves as the chief of staff to Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.

“Rob is one of the smartest and most respected political strategists in Texas,” Gov. Perry said. “Along with his innate leadership ability, his political experience and firm grasp of key Texas issues will be a huge asset to our campaign. I’m glad he is part of our team.”

Prior to serving as chief of staff, Johnson was the lieutenant governor’s deputy chief of staff and campaign manager on Dewhurst’s first successful run for the office in 2002. Prior to moving to Austin, Rob served as chief of staff to Congressman Jay Dickey.

“I’m honored Governor Perry has placed his confidence and trust in me to run his re-election campaign,” Johnson said. “Last week’s positive poll numbers and remarkable fundraising announcement show that the momentum is running in Governor Perry’s favor. I look forward to working with his seasoned team to get Governor Perry re-elected to keep Texas on its current economic winning streak.”

Gov. Perry today also identified key leaders on his campaign staff.
* Kevin Lindley, Campaign Director, will serve as Johnson’s deputy, wielding the experience earned in more than ten years in Texas politics. During Lindley’s tenure as Political Coordinator for the Republican Party of Texas, the party experienced some of its largest gains in local offices. The Plano native also managed Railroad Commission Chairman Victor Carrillo’s successful 2004 campaign.
* Krystle Kirchmeyer Alvarado, Finance Director, served as Deputy Finance Director for the Governor’s 2002 and 2006 campaigns and the 2002 Texas Inaugural Committee. A 2003 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Krystle is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas.
* David White, Political Director, joins Texans for Rick Perry after two years as Chief of Staff for State Representative Wayne Christian. State Chairman of the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) and an active leader at the grassroots level, David holds a degree in business from Stephen F. Austin State University.
* Sarah Floerke, Organization Director, spent the past two years as Governor Perry’s Director of Community Affairs where she maintained relations with community, trade and civic organizations across the state. The Lampasas native previously worked for the Republican Party of Texas and the Texas House of Representatives. Sarah is a graduate of Texas Tech University.
Gov. Perry also named key field staff and the regions they represent:

West Texas
* Cassie Daniel
served on the state board of the Young Conservatives and was a precinct chairman and party secretary for the Randall County Republican Party.
* Kim Garcia has been a conservative activist and grassroots campaigner since 2000.

Central Texas
* Jonathan McClellan
served as legislative director for Representative Wayne Christian in the 81st Legislative Session after working on a number of local, state and national campaigns.

* Casey Christman
previously served as a public liaison for Gov. Perry and a consultant for the Legacy Educational Foundation and Legacy Political Fund.
* Leonard Cash was the grassroots coordinator for Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos' successful 2008 campaign and the Houston field representative for Governor Perry's 2006 reelection effort

North Texas
* Elliott Griffin
graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2007, where he was an outspoken conservative activist and leader.

South Texas
* Laura Elizabeth Morales
is a freelance conservative columnist who previously worked in the City of McAllen’s public information office and serves as the senior vice chairman of the Young Conservatives of Texas.

Fort Worth
* Adam Leggett
previously served as a public liaison for Gov. Perry, a legislative correspondent for Senator Roger Wicker, and a legislative aide in the House of Representatives.

* Dwayne Horner
is a 15 year veteran of grassroots politics who left a successful run as a conservative talk radio host, national blogger at, and contributing writer for Townhall Magazine to support Gov. Perry’s re-election bid.

East Texas
* David Durrett’s
career as a conservative activist and grassroots campaigner includes a current role on the state board of the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT).

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