Senator Alexander Names White House Staffer As Press Secretary

Posted on January 27, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today announced that Alexia Levison Poe will join his staff as press secretary. Poe currently serves as deputy press secretary to Laura Bush. "I am pleased that Alexia has agreed to come on board," Alexander said. "She is an effective communicator who will be an asset to our team as we work to serve the citizens of Tennessee and this nation." Poe, 29, will be a key member of Sen. Alexander's leadership team. She will serve as the senator's primary spokesperson and will supervise and coordinate all of his media operations in Tennessee and Washington. She will also participate in strategic planning and formulating policy to clearly communicate the senator's priorities. "It has been an honor to work for Mrs. Bush," Poe said. "As I move into this new position, it is exciting that Sen. Alexander shares her commitment to education. "I am grateful to Sen. Alexander for this wonderful opportunity. He has an excellent team that is dedicated to improving the lives of Tennesseans and Americans, and I look forward to being part of all that he will accomplish for our state and nation." Before serving in the Bush administration, Poe was press secretary to Gov. Don Sundquist and before that deputy press secretary to the governor. Prior to serving in the Sundquist administration, she worked as a morning anchor and reporter for WKPT-TV in Kingsport. A Knoxville native, Poe is a 1995 honors graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she received a bachelor of science in communications. Poe will assume her new post Monday, Feb. 10. She and her husband, Charley, reside in Alexandria, Virginia.