Lt. Governor Casey Cagle Announces Bart Gobeil as Chief of Staff

July 16, 2008

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle announced today that Bart Gobeil of Atlanta, Georgia will serve as his Chief of Staff.  Gobeil succeeds Brad Alexander, who is departing government service to pursue opportunities in the private sector.

“Brad’s leadership, work ethic and counsel were critically important during our transition period, and over the past two legislative sessions.  He will be missed, but I know he will value the opportunity to return to the private sector and spend more time with his family,” said Cagle.

“It has been a huge honor to work for Lt. Governor Cagle and each member of the State Senate.  The Lt. Governor’s personal integrity, willingness to lead, and dedication to helping others serve the people of Georgia well.  I will miss working in his office every day, but will continue to do all I can to support Lt. Governor Cagle and the members of the Georgia General Assembly,” said Alexander

Alexander has worked for Cagle for over three years, first as a campaign consultant, then as director of the Cagle transition team, and as Chief of Staff for the past two legislative sessions.  He will be a founding partner of the soon to be launched Georgia360 public affairs firm, and will continue as an advisor to Lt. Governor Cagle’s campaign and political action committees.

Gobeil returns to the public sector following a seven year tenure as a top executive with AGL Resources.  His previous public service includes work for the Georgia Public Service Commission and the late Senator Paul Coverdell’s Washington office.

“I have come to know and respect Lt. Governor Cagle over the past several years, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve him and the people of Georgia.  Our state faces numerous challenges in the upcoming legislative session, and I will be working non-stop between now and then to develop policy initiatives to address those issues,” said Gobeil.

Biographies on Bart Gobeil and Brad Alexander are outlined below:

Bart Gobeil most recently served as the Director of Government Relations at AGL Resources, an Atlanta based natural gas company serving 2.2 million customers in six states. In his role, Gobeil manages the government relations activities in three states (Georgia, Florida and Tennessee) as well as the company’s federal legislative efforts.   Prior to joining AGL Resources, Gobeil served as the Legislative Liaison and Public Information Officer for the Georgia Public Service Commission. During that tenure Gobeil was responsible for promoting and passing legislation that ensured the state’s growing utility needs were met.  Prior to working for the Georgia Public Service Commission, Gobeil worked on the staff of the late Senator Paul Coverdell. While working for the late Senator he was the southeast Georgia regional representative and then was promoted to the role of Legislative Assistant in the Washington, DC office. During his time in Washington, Gobeil focused on energy, education and technology related issues for the Senator. Gobeil is a graduate of the University of MassachusettsAmherst where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.  He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Brad Alexander served for the past two legislative sessions as Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Casey Cagle with a focus on operating all aspects of the Georgia State Senate and the Lt. Governor’s office. In that position, Brad played a role in virtually every piece of legislation passed by the General Assembly (as well as shaping an $18 billion state budget). His service included a heavy policy focus on state taxation, appropriations, telecommunications, energy, financial services and health care.  Prior to state government service, he spent over a decade as a congressional press secretary, political consultant and corporate communicator. Among other things, he played a key strategic role for U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s successful campaign and served as spokesman for a high profile U.S. House member.  Alexander has earned several accolades for his work, including recently being named one of the “Most Influential Georgians” by James magazine and one of the “Top 40 Georgians Under 40” by Georgia Trend magazine.  Brad serves on the Board of Visitors of Emory University, works as an adjunct scholar for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, and volunteers at the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House. He did his undergraduate degree at BerryCollege, and earned a graduate degree at Emory. He and his wife Nicole live in Decatur, Georgia.