Nebraska Republican Party names new executive director

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- The Nebraska Republican Party has named a new executive director.

The party announced Wednesday that Ryan Hamilton has taken the job. Hamilton is a veteran of local and statewide races and most recently worked as the vice president of j3 Strategies, a Nevada-based consulting firm. He is a graduate of Catholic University of America.

Hamilton replaces Kenny Zoeller, who took a job as Nebraska's chief government performance officer in the administration of Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts.

Nebraska GOP Chairman Dan Welch says Hamilton's experience and energy will help the party.