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gop chairman leaving for d.c.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017 16:08 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

The republican party chairman in LaPorte County is moving up the political ladder to work on campaigns at the national level.

At just 26, it's not difficult to wonder if Nick Barbknecht one day could become a household name.

''We'll see where things go,'' said the 2009 Michigan City High School graduate.

Barbknecht was hired as a strategist for the Washington D.C. based firm, Majority Strategies.

''I'll be working with some folks to help make sure republicans all over the country win. We got national campaigns from Marco Rubio to Donald Trump and everywhere in between. Statehouse races all over the country,'' said Barbknecht.

A caucus is scheduled December 16 at 10 a.m. at the LaPorte County Complex for precinct committeepersons throughout the county to select a replacement.

Barbknecht was employed in government affairs for the Indiana Department of Transportation prior to becoming GOP chairman in March.

He currently works in sales and financing for RQAW Corporation, an engineering and architectural firm based in Indianapolis that just recently opened a branch in downtown LaPorte.

Barbknecht was a student at Manchester University near Ft., Wayne when he first worked on the campaign of state senator Jim Banks, who's now in the U.S House of Representatives.

Another factor in his move is being closer to his fiance', Kenzie Clift.

She worked in communications for Mike Pence while he was Indiana's governor and followed him in the same capacity to the nation's capital when he became vice-president in January.

Barbknecht said increased membership in the party especially by young people and securing more financial backing were among his biggest accomplishments.

Leigh Morris, a former LaPorte County Republican Party chairman, said Barbknecht not only has great insight and energy but likes to get things done.

''I think he's a person you're going to be hearing from over the years,'' Morris said
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