(WASHINGTON) -- Tim Pawlenty's presidential exploratory committee announced Monday it has a new leader: Nick Ayers, 28, the former executive director of the Republican Governors Association.
His hire by Pawlenty was seen as something of a coup since Ayers has a close relationship with another potential presidential candidate -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.
Ayers helped draft the RGA’s four-year political plan starting in 2007. During his time at the helm, he led a successful fundraising effort and managed a $112 million budget. After his time at the RGA, Ayers was tapped to help oversee the Republican National Committee’s transition team by newly-elected RNC chairman Reince Priebus.
Before joining the RGA, Ayers ran Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue’s 2006 re-election campaign.
Ayers plans to relocate to Minneapolis -- headquarters for the Pawlenty presidential effort -- and begin his new job on April 25.
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