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Exclusive: NRSC Names Senior Staffers

Wicker is the chairman of the NRSC in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee will announce its senior staff for the 2016 cycle Monday, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.  

Last year, Senate Republicans netted nine seats to take control of that chamber  for the first time since 2006. Several of the top staffers are staying on from last cycle, while others come from the other side of the Capitol.  

Sarah Morgan will serve as the NRSC's political director. In 2014, she was the western regional political director for the committee, focusing on the campaigns of Sens.-elect Dan Sullivan, Steve Daines and Mike Rounds.  

Andrea Bozek, who served as communications director at the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2014, will move to the other side of Capitol Hill for the 2016 cycle as the NRSC'S new communications director. Last cycle, the NRCC picked up 13 seats, giving House Republicans a historic majority.  

Tim Cameron, who was the NRSC's digital director in 2014, will take on the role of chief digital strategist for the cycle.  

Mark McLaughlin is staying on as research director.  

Claire Holloway Avella, the founder and president of Holloway Consulting Inc., will join the committee as finance director. Last cycle, she coordinated fundraising for Sens.-elect Joni Ernst and David Perdue and Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts.  

The NRSC's PAC director will be Michelle McGann. In 2014, she served as deputy finance director for former Sen. Scott P. Brown's campaign for Senate in New Hampshire.  

The committee previously announced Ward Baker, the NRSC's political director in 2014, would take on the role of executive director, and Kevin McLaughlin, a senior adviser in 2014, would serve as deputy executive director.  

The new team takes the reins of the committee as Republicans seek to defend their new majority. There are 24 Republican incumbents up for re-election in 2016 and just 10 Democrats. Democrats need to net five seats to ensure control of the Senate, a plausible, albeit far from certain , feat for the party.  

"Holding our majority will be no easy task, but we have assembled a staff that comes from all corners of the country with extensive experience in winning hard-fought campaigns," NRSC Chairman Roger Wicker of Mississippi said in a statement. "These individuals will draw upon their previous experiences, which will help all of our campaigns as we work toward holding our Republican majority in the Senate."  

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