Posted on November 16, 2011
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced today that his chief of staff, Matt Sonnesyn, will leave the office to pursue private interests.
Sonnesyn will be succeeded as Alexander’s chief of staff by Ryan Loskarn, staff director at the Senate Republican Conference. Loskarn will begin as chief of staff on November 28th and will also continue serving as staff director at the Conference for the remainder of Alexander’s chairmanship through early 2012.
Alexander said, “Matt Sonnesyn is one of the most talented policy advisers on Capitol Hill. For ten years we have worked closely together. I will miss his counsel, but have no doubt that the next stage of his career will be even more successful than the first. I am fortunate that Ryan Loskarn is willing to transfer his considerable skills from leading the Republican Conference to leading my Senate staff.”
Staff Director of Senate Republican Conference for the past two and a half years, Loskarn has worked at the Conference since 2007 under former Chairman Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Chairman Alexander. Prior to serving as staff director, Loskarn was communications director both for the Conference and Alexander. Before the Senate, Loskarn spent seven years in the House of Representatives as a legislative aide to Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif.), deputy press secretary at the House Rules Committee, and communications director for Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) from 2003 to 2007. Named one of Roll Call’s “Fabulous 50 Movers and Shakers” on Capitol Hill, Loskarn earned a B.A. in history and political science with honors from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Matt Sonnesyn first worked for Alexander as a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School where he was asked to serve as Alexander’s research assistant to design a new graduate level course on “The American Character and American Government.” Since that time he has served as the senator’s chief policy aide, managed day-to-day operations at the Senate Republican Conference, and, most recently, served as chief of staff. Over the last decade he has advised the senator on nearly every major policy decision, as well as worked on much of Alexander’s signature legislation, including the America COMPETES Act – bipartisan legislation to strengthen our country’s competitive edge in science and technology. He was policy director for Alexander’s 2002 Senate campaign and U.S. Senator Bob Corker’s 2006 campaign. He has also worked at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C. Sonnesyn holds a B.A. in international relations from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, and a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.