Isakson Names Kirchner as Chief of Staff, Tate as Deputy Chief of Staff
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today announced that his Chief of Staff Chris Carr will be nominated by Governor Nathan Deal to be Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and will serve as Honorary Chairman of Isakson’s campaign for the senator’s 2016 re-election.
Pending approval of his nomination by the Georgia Department of Economic Development Board of Directors, Carr would take the helm at the department on November 1, replacing Chris Cummiskey, who formerly worked for Isakson’s Senate office as State Director. Cummiskey is headed to work for Southern Company.
Carr has worked for Isakson since 2003, serving first as campaign manager of Isakson’s successful 2004 Senate race and later as Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff in Isakson’s Senate office. Before joining Isakson’s team, Carr was Vice President of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation as well as an attorney with Alston & Bird in Atlanta.
“I would not be in the Senate today without Chris Carr’s political skills, and I am very glad he will be honorary chairman for my 2016 re-election,” Isakson said. “I am very proud that Chris is now the second Isakson staffer chosen to lead this agency that is so critical to Georgia’s future.”
Isakson also announced today that Joan Kirchner will become his Chief of Staff and Edward Tate will be his Deputy Chief of Staff.
Kirchner has worked for Isakson since he came to the Senate in 2005, and has served as Deputy Chief of Staff, Senior Policy Advisor and Communications Director. Kirchner previously served as Chief of Staff to former U.S. Senator Zell Miller, D-Ga., and prior to that was a reporter for the Associated Press and for Morris News Service for 14 years in Georgia. As a reporter, Kirchner covered both Isakson and Miller at the Georgia Capitol.
Tate has been Isakson’s State Director and General Counsel since 2011. Tate was Isakson’s Campaign Manager during his 2010 reelection campaign and previously was Deputy COO and Deputy Executive Counsel to former Governor Sonny Perdue and an associate with King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta. Tate will continue to serve as General Counsel and to oversee state operations in his new role.
“I have known both Joan and Edward for more than 20 years and I have the utmost confidence in them. Under their leadership, I know our organization will continue to provide the responsive customer service that Georgians deserve from us,” Isakson said. “I am excited to have these two longtime friends leading my organization.”