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Scarpinato tapped as Ducey's new chief of staff

Daniel Scarpinato, a Tucson native and former Arizona Daily Star reporter, will take over as Gov. Doug Ducey's top advisor.

Scarpinato will replace Kirk Adams, who announced Monday that he's resigning next month. Adams is widely seen as a likely appointee to the U.S. Senate.

Scarpinato, a University of Arizona graduate, served as the top spokesman for Ducey's gubernatorial office from the beginning of the Republican governor's term through this July, when he took a post with Ducey's re-election campaign.

He was "instrumental to the development and execution of our achievements during my first term as governor. He has also been a leader and collaborator among our team and staff — making meaningful contributions in policy, communications, and operations strategies," Ducey said in a news release.

Scarpinato was previously a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the communications director for the GOP majority in the state House of Representatives. Before that, he had a brief stint as the editor of the Arizona Capitol Times' Yellow Sheet Report, and five years as a political and education reporter for the Star.

Ducey also announced a new deputy chief of staff, Gretchen Conger. Previously, the duties of the deputy staff head were split between Scarpinato — handling communications and strategic planning — and Conger, whose portfolio included budget and policy issues.

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Scarpinato in 2016