Governor-to-be Sarah Huckabee Sanders has announced Gretchen Conger, who served as a senior advisor in Sanders’ gubernatorial campaign, will serve as chief of staff for her administration.
Conger has 12 years of political and public policy experience in both the public and private sectors. She spent seven years as deputy chief of staff to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, where she was responsible for strategic development and execution of Ducey’s agenda.
“Since 2012, Gretchen has gained the admiration and respect of leaders in public service and with business leaders,” said Governor Ducey in a statement following Conger’s departure from Arizona. “Gretchen has been a critical part of the team that has accomplished some of our most important initiatives and reforms, from the expansion of school choice to universal licensing to historic tax cuts. She has been dedicated to getting results for the people of Arizona. While Arizona will certainly miss her, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the State of Arkansas will no doubt benefit from her strategic advice, policy savvy and dedicated work ethic.”
Prior to her time with Ducey, she served as the Vice President of Public Policy and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as running the Arizona Chamber Foundation, a nonprofit research foundation which develops policies to promote economic growth. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
“Gretchen Conger’s proven experience and leadership from her time in the Arizona governor’s office makes her the perfect choice to serve as my Chief of Staff,” Sanders said in her announcement. “Her dedication during the campaign to develop policy plans and initiatives, as well as her enthusiasm to get to know Arkansans, will help me usher in my bold agenda to take Arkansas to the top and build an incredible, talented team to serve the people of our state.”
“I am honored and humbled that Governor-elect Sanders has tapped me to be her Chief of Staff,” Conger said. “It will be the honor of my life to serve Arkansas’ first woman governor, and I am confident that her conservative leadership and bold agenda will ensure better opportunities for all Arkansans. I love Arkansas and its people, and I’m excited to get to work serving them and their interests.”