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December 7th, 2010

Branstad Announces More Key Hires

Governor-elect Terry Branstad announced that Todd Schulz will serve as the administration’s Senate and House legislative liaison.

Schulz, a native of Charles City who grew up in Des Moines, most recently served as the manager of government relations for Iowa Telecom, based in Newton. In this position, held from 1999 to 2010, he monitored federal and state legislative issues, tracked state study committees that reviewed regulatory and legislative issues, and offered analysis on regulatory developments at the Iowa Utilities Board. For 19 years prior to that, he served as the state director and managed government relations for the Iowa Telephone Association.

He has a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Iowa, and is a graduate of the Institute for Organizational Management at the University of Notre Dame.

“Todd has a great working relationship with legislators on both sides of the aisle, and will serve an important role for my administration, as we work to advance our pro-jobs, pro-education agenda forward,” said Branstad. “I am excited Todd has accepted this opportunity, and I look forward to working with him.”

Branstad also announced that Alicia Freed will serve as the governor’s executive scheduler, ensuring the administration’s needs are met with regard to the governor’s appearances and availability.

Freed has served as a staff assistant to Sen. Grassley, as health policy assistant for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, and most recently served as a project manager at RuffaloCODY, LLC, in Cedar Rapids.

“I am committed to having an open door policy within my administration, ensuring open, honest and transparent government, and Alicia will be a great asset to my efforts,” said Branstad.

Branstad today also named Jimmy Centers as deputy communications director. In this role, Centers will assist communications director Tim Albrecht in managing press needs and maintaining the ongoing online efforts of the administration. Centers is a graduate of the University of Iowa, and served as Northeast Iowa field coordinator on the Branstad 2010 campaign.

“All three of these individuals care deeply about the state of Iowa, and will be an important part of our team at the Statehouse,” said Branstad. “Their excitement and enthusiasm will be beneficial to my administration, and I can’t wait to work with them.”

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