New executive director of the Ohio Republicans a former Turner aide

Rob Secaur
Rob Secaur

A former aide to U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, has been named executive director of the Ohio Republican Party.

Party Chairman Jane Timken named Rob Secaur of Columbus to the post.

“Ohio Republicans will be well served by Rob’s invaluable campaign and political experience,” Timken said. “With critical election cycles ahead of us, I am confident that our new executive director will play a key role in maintaining record Republican majorities in the Buckeye State.”

In January Timken won the party chairmanship after a battle with then-chairman Matt Borges.

After two rounds of secret voting resulted in a deadlock, Timken emerged as the winner after a deal was struck in a backroom to make Timken chairman and name Borges chairman emeritus, which is a new post.

Trump backed Timken while Ohio Gov. John Kasich supported Borges for re-election.

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Secaur oversaw the Republican National Committee’s grassroots campaign efforts for the presidential campaign as state director in Ohio. In 2011 he was Turner’s campaign manager and served as a state party field director in 2010. He was Warren County Victory director for the state party in 2010-2011, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Secaur previously worked in Michigan and Kentucky on political campaigns and in the office of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY.

Secaur has a master’s degree in Professional Studies in Political Management from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Louisville.

Secaur replaces Katie Eagan as state party executive director.


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