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Friday, January 04, 2019 11:50 am

Banks appoints new staff chief

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks has named a new chief of staff to replace Matt Lahr, who is rejoining the staff of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Banks, R-3rd, announced Thursday night that Fort Wayne native David Keller has been promoted from deputy chief of staff to chief of staff. Keller was Banks' campaign manager in 2016 and formerly was an administrator at Abundant Life Church in Fort Wayne.

Lahr had been Banks' chief of staff since the congressman took office in 2017. He previously was deputy chief of staff and communications director for Coats when Coats was a U.S. senator representing Indiana. 

Lahr, a native of Columbus, Indiana, had been an aide to Mike Pence when the Hoosier vice president was a member of the U.S. House.

Banks' office said Lahr is taking a new position with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. 

“Matt has been an invaluable partner to me over the past two years, and we wish him the best as he begins a new position in government service,” Banks said in a statement. 

“No one knows northeast Indiana better than David Keller, and I am excited for him to bring his passion and talents to this important role. David is committed to serving Hoosiers with excellence, and I look forward to building on what we have accomplished during my first term in office.”

Banks also announced that T.W. Arrighi has become his communications director. Arrighi previously worked for Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Calif., and former Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., now the secretary of state.

bfrancisco@jg.net