By Associated Press - Thursday, November 26, 2020

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville on Wednesday announced that Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, an Alabama native with a lengthy Washington D.C. resume, will serve as his chief of staff.

Boyd is currently the assistant attorney general for the Office of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice. The post is responsible for managing the Justice Department’s relationship with Congress. He was nominated to the position by President Donald Trump in 2017.

He previously was chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Martha Roby and also worked for former Sen. Jeff Sessions in policy and communications roles.

Boyd is a 2004 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law and 2001 graduate of the University of Alabama College of Communications.

“He is well-known throughout Alabama and knows how to get things done on Capitol Hill. Stephen is a leader of tremendous integrity and during my discussions with him, it became abundantly clear that he is the right person for the job,” Tuberville said in a statement announcing the appointment.

“Stephen is a true conservative who has fought for our Alabama values since moving to Washington D.C. and I’m proud to announce him as my chief of staff,” Tuberville said.

Boyd is Tuberville’s first announced staff hire.

Tuberville defeated incumbent Sen. Doug Jones to win back the Alabama Senate seat for Republicans.

The former college football coach who has never held public office has acknowledged he will have a steep learning curve in the U.S. Senate. He told The Associated Press in an earlier interview that one of his first priorities will be to put together an experienced staff.

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