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Ben Golnik to be executive director of state House GOP caucus

Golnik, a GOP strategist, had been chairman of the Minnesota Jobs Coalition.

GOP strategist Ben Golnik, who had been chair of the Minnesota Jobs Coalition, has been named executive director of the state House Republican Caucus.

The GOP will control of state House next session, after a pickup of 11 seats on election day put the party back in the majority.

Speaker-designate Kurt Daudt called Golnik: “an experienced and highly capable leader. His work ethic and managerial capabilities are second to none.”

Golnik had run his own St. Paul public affairs and public relations firm, Golnik Strategies.

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Upon the news of Golnick’s new position, the Minnesota Jobs Coalition announced its leadership changes:

Kevin Magnuson, MJC co-founder, will now serve as Chairman.  Long-time communications professional Mark Drake will serve as President and provide strategic leadership.  Tommy Merickel will serve as Chairman of the Development Committee, as MJC continues to grow its presence.  John Rouleau will continue his role as MJC Executive Director and direct day-to-day operations.