Portman names new state director

Published 8:52 am Sunday, September 9, 2018

Hoggatt will take over from longtime director Geiger

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, announced Tuesday that Kevin Hoggatt is being promoted to the role of state director.

Hoggatt will take over responsibilities for Teri Geiger, who is moving to the office of U.S. Rep. Troy Balderson, R-Ohio, to serve as chief of staff, following a stint as Portman’s director since 2011.

“Kevin is a great asset as he’s always focused on what’s best for Ohio and our constituents,” Portman said in a news release. “He’s recognized as a leader in the state who knows how to get things done and I look forward to him leading our state operation. Our efforts in the state are focused on serving the needs of our constituents and helping advance our legislative priorities, and Kevin is particularly well-suited for this leadership role.”

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Hoggatt, currently serving as deputy state director for Portman, has been a member of Portman’s team for 12 years, through a range of roles in both the Washington office and Ohio office.

He served in leadership roles on both of Portman’s campaigns for Senate, including as political director during the 2016 cycle, and he has also assisted Portman with debate prep for both Mitt Romney and John McCain’s presidential campaigns.

Prior to joining the Portman campaign, Hoggatt worked as an analyst at the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cincinnati. He is a native of Wilmington and a graduate of the philosophy, politics and the public honors program at Xavier University.