Hagerty announces Cookeville native as chief of staff

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) has appointed Cookeville native, John N. Rader, as his Chief of Staff, to lead his administration, communications and policy teams in Washington, D.C.

“Not only does the team I have assembled in my Washington office augment the strong on-the-ground state organization announced this month, they also bring a wide array of experiences and qualifications that will serve our state and the country well,” said Hagerty. “Under John Rader’s leadership, and with the senior team I have assembled, I am confident this talented group will work above and beyond to serve the needs of Tennesseans and our Nation.”

Rader brings legislative and executive branch experience, at the federal and state level, to the office. He most recently served as deputy assistant to the president for strategic initiatives at the White House. Rader also served on the National Security Council as special assistant to the president and senior policy advisor to the National Security Advisor and deputy assistant to the president for Policy and Strategy. Prior to his time in the administration, Rader served as deputy director of presidential appointments on the 2016 Presidential Transition Team. Rader previously served as counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and as acting deputy counsel and assistant deputy counsel to the governor of Tennessee. He received his B.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

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