Gov. Mike Huckabee on Friday appointed Jason Brady director of appointments to boards and commissions.
Brady, 30, served in the fall as executive director of Victory 2000, which raised money and provided technical support to Arkansas Republican candidates.
Before joining the Victory 2000 campaign in July, Brady was the governor’s director of intergovernmental affairs. In that post, he served as Huckabee’s chief liaison to the National Governors’ Association, the Southern Governors’ Association, the Republican Governors Association and the Arkansas congressional delegation.
Huckabee was chairman of the Southern Governors’ Association and the human resources committee of the National Governors’ Association during Brady’s tenure as director of intergovernmental affairs.
Brady, a Jonesboro native, began working for Huckabee as regional political director in Craighead, Mississippi, Crittenden, Poinsett, Cross, St. Francis and Lee counties in Huckabee’s 1993 campaign for lieutenant governor. He was deputy director of campaign operations for Huckabee’s 1994 campaign for lieutenant governor.
He also was Huckabee’s executive assistant during the 1996 U.S. Senate campaign, and, after Huckabee withdrew from that race, Brady became media coordinator during Huckabee’s transition from lieutenant governor to governor. He joined the governor’s staff as a communications assistant on July 15, 1996. He later became the governor’s executive assistant and deputy chief of staff.
Brady, a 1988 graduate of Jonesboro High School, received his bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University in 1994. He was a reporter for the Paragould Tribune from May 1994-December 1995.