FRANKFORT — Steve Robertson, chairman and executive director of the Kentucky Republican Party, is taking a job next month with a public affairs firm in Lexington.
Robertson, who has presided since 2007 over substantial growth of the GOP in Kentucky, will stay on in an unpaid capacity as party chairman through the November general election.
Beginning Aug. 1, the party's executive director will be Mike Biagi, a Shelbyville native who has been U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's field representative in 14 Kentucky counties in the Louisville area since 2011.
The staff changes at the state Republican Party's headquarters were announced Thursday in news releases.
Robertson is to become senior vice president of CivicPoint, the public affairs subsidiary of Frost Brown Todd in the law firm's Lexington office.
He said he wouldn't be involved in lobbying while state GOP chairman.
Robertson has worked in Kentucky politics since 1994, when he joined the state Republican Party as its political director.
Under his leadership, the party won both U.S. Senate seats, five of the state's six congressional seats and a majority of the Kentucky Senate.
"Steve has been an integral part of creating and growing the Republican majority in the Kentucky Senate," said Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester. "He'll be a great asset for CivicPoint."
Robertson also has been commissioner of the Governor's Office for Local Development and the legislative political director for the Republican National Committee.
Robertson will begin work in CivicPoint's Lexington office Aug. 17.
"I am excited to join CivicPoint, not only for the firm's strength in Kentucky, but because it's the only multistate public affairs firm in our region," he said. "The opportunity to work at this scale is unique, and I look forward to helping clients achieve their goals in Kentucky — and throughout the CivicPoint footprint."
Robertson will join former state treasurer and Democratic Party chairman Jonathan Miller; Russell Coleman, former counsel to McConnell; and Brooke Parker, former executive director for legislative and intergovernmental affairs in the Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet, to form the public affairs team in Kentucky.
CivicPoint also does business in Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee.
"Steve has a unique set of political relationships, and he's proven he knows how to get things done," said John Crockett, chairman of Frost Brown Todd. "I'm confident he'll do the same for CivicPoint and our clients."
Robertson said he was pleased that Biagi would be the GOP's next executive director.
"Mike's experience and connections will be a valuable asset to the Republican Party of Kentucky," Robertson said. "I'm confident he will succeed in balancing the needs of everyone who depends on the state party to win elections."
Biagi said he was ready to help Republicans get elected to public office.
"This November, we must elect Matt Bevin as governor and elect all our Republican candidates for statewide office," he said. "In 2016, we will work to support (U.S.) Sen. Rand Paul, maintain our huge majority in the state Senate, and flip the state House to Republican control for the first time in nearly 100 years."
Bevin, a Louisville businessman, faces Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway of Louisville in this fall's race for governor. Bevin did not respond to a request for comment on the staff changes at the state party.
In a statement, McConnell said he had "great confidence" in Biagi's ability to "lead the state party and ensure that Republicans win big in November and beyond."
Before working for McConnell, Biagi was a legislative aide to former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup of Louisville and to U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Hopkinsville, and legislative director for U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.
He also has worked at the National Republican Congressional Committee in Washington and was on the staff of two of Northup's congressional campaigns.
Biagi is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.