RPK Names Sean Southard New Comms Director

The Republican Party of Kentucky has tapped Sean Southard to be its new director of communications.

Republican Party Chairman Mac Brown said he is excited to welcome Southard to the organization.

“Sean is known as an outstanding communicator and his strategic abilities will greatly enhance RPK’s team,” Brown said. “All Kentucky Republicans will benefit from his broad experience as we advocate for the election of our candidates across the state.”

Southard currently serves as the Director of Communications for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, a role he’s held since 2017. He began his career at RunSwitch PR, where he developed and executed messaging strategies for clients, including Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, an independent expenditure effort that helped flip control of the Kentucky House of Representatives to the Republicans for the first time in nearly a century.

Southard should be familiar to readers of Kentucky Fried Politics, he was named the top political staffer in state government in 2021.

“I’m honored to take on the role as Director of Communications for the Republican Party of Kentucky,” Southard said. “Kentucky is faced with critical races in 2022 and 2023 and with out-of-control inflation and a lackluster labor participation rate, we need strong Republican leadership in office to fix the problems facing Kentucky’s small business owners and working families. We must re-elect our majorities in the General Assembly, send Dr. Rand Paul back to the United States Senate, and make sure Andy Beshear is a one-term governor.”

Southard will begin on February 21. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville, where he studied political science and history.