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Former GOP chairman rejoins Riley's staff

By M.J. Ellington
mjellington@decaturdaily.com (334) 262-1104

MONTGOMERY — The current chairman of the Alabama Republican Party will hang her hat in a new office after Gov. Bob Riley's second term begins Monday.

Riley announced Friday that Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh has rejoined his staff as senior advisor. In other staff changes, Bryan Taylor will be the administration's policy director.

Cavanaugh was appointments director and deputy chief of staff the first two years of Riley's first term, but resigned to run for the Republican Party post.

She was the first woman to serve as a major party chairman in Alabama. The party position ends in February.

Former director of the Alabama chapter of Citizens for a Sound Economy, a pro-business grassroots advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., Cavanaugh also worked in Washington, D.C., for the Republican National Committee and served on the staff of U.S. Rep. Sonny Callahan of Mobile. The native Montgomery native is an Auburn University graduate.

Taylor joined Riley's staff in February as the governor's personal aide and helped coordinate official events. As policy director, Taylor will work with legislators and the administration to turn Riley's policy initiatives into legislative bills. He took leave of absence from the Birmingham-based law firm Bradley Arant Rose & White to join the administration.

The Birmingham native is a University of Alabama graduate who earned a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Taylor served four years in the U.S. Army as a captain and military attorney. His military service included tours of duty in Iraq and Honduras.

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