While flirting with a run for president in 2016, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has made another shuffle among his upper staff — just days before the start of the last legislative session of his final term in office here.
Leaving the Governor’s Office are Deputy Chief of Staff Taylor Teepell and Legislative Affairs director Matt Parker. The Des Moines Register reports that Teepell and Parker are relocating to Iowa to help build a team there if Jindal runs for president. Jindal has said he won’t announce a run until after the legislative session ends in June, but he’s made frequent trips to Iowa and other important early primary states.
The Register reports that Jindal is setting up an Iowa office that will include Jill Neunaber, who has led his political action committee.
In the Louisiana Governor’s Office, Jindal announced late Tuesday that Assistant Chief of Staff Stafford Palmieri is moving up to the deputy chief role, and Melissa Mann will replace Parker in the Legislative Affairs job. Natalie LaBorde, who has served as policy director, will move up to assistant chief, and Sarah Turner will become policy director.
Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Troy Hebert will serve as legislative liaison while retaining his ATC duties, according to the Governor’s Office.
Jindal’s last staff change-up came in August. The legislative session begins April 13.
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