RALEIGH – Former N.C. GOP Executive Director Todd Poole is the new Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.).
“I’m thrilled to welcome Todd Poole to the team. He is a proven leader with a wealth of experience who shares my commitment to serve the people,” said Hudson in a statement released this morning. ”His knowledge of the state and passion for public service will help us continue to fight for our conservative priorities like growing our economy, reining in reckless spending, empowering businesses to create jobs, and returning control back to individuals and families from Washington.”
Poole announced his departure from the helm of the state party several weeks ago after more than two years of commuting from Winston-Salem. Having widespread support among party leadership and a new party chairman in Hasan Harnett, Poole left a void that has proven difficult to fill.
Poole was hired in 2013 by then-chairman Claude Pope as the Republican party took control of state government. During his tenure as executive director, the party increased fundraising and grew grassroots efforts that helped send Thom Tillis to the U.S. Senate and maintain a supermajority in the General Assembly. In his new role, Poole hopes to take that success to the national stage.
“In only a few short years, Congressman Hudson has distinguished himself as a conservative leader in Congress and a strong advocate for North Carolina in Washington,” said Poole. “I’m excited to join a team that is passionately advancing the principles and policies that will promote job creation, reduce our debt and make North Carolina stronger. I thank the congressman for this opportunity, and I’m eager to get to work for the people of the eighth district.”
Prior to serving the N.C. GOP, Poole was a political strategist, working for Congresswoman Virginia Foxx and as an aide to Senator Richard Burr. He also worked as a North Carolina field representative for the Bush/Cheney campaign in 2004.
Hudson was elected to Congress to represent North Carolina’s 8th District in 2012 and again in 2014. A graduate of Myers Park High School and UNCC in Charlotte, Hudson worked for Rep. Robin Hayes before running for the seat when Hayes retired. He lives in Concord and runs a small-business consulting firm.