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Chief of staff departs Senate president pro tem’s office

Chip Brownlee

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The Senate president pro tem’s chief of staff is leaving his role.

Philip Bryan, who has served as President Pro Tem Del Marsh’s chief of staff since 2011, is resigning his role as Marsh’s top aide to pursue a private sector job. His resignation is effective Aug. 31.

“Working under President Pro Tem Marsh and interacting with the members of the Alabama State Senate on a daily basis has been a highpoint of my career, and I will always value the experience, memories, and friendships that resulted from my service,” Bryan said.  “I leave the Pro Tem’s office with pride in the job we have done and deep appreciation for the opportunity that Sen. Marsh provided me.”

The president pro tem is one of the most powerful politicians in Montgomery, leading the Senate’s majority caucus. Since Gov. Bentley’s resignation and Gov. Kay Ivey’s move to the Governor’s Office, Marsh has also presided over the Senate in the absence of a lieutenant governor.

Marsh thanked Bryan for his service to the State Senate.

“Philip has been an outstanding chief of staff and developed good and trusting relationships with senators on both sides of the aisle,” Marsh said.  “His service helped us make Alabama an even better place to live, work, and raise children.  While we will greatly miss his counsel, I know that he will bring enormous value to any position that he holds in the future.”

Before becoming Marsh’s chief of staff, Bryan was the communications director for the Alabama Republican Party for four years. He was a part of the group of Republican leaders who helped capture majorities in both chambers of the Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction.

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A 1999 graduate of Auburn University with a degree in communications, Bryan is married to the former Brittany Woodham of Montgomery. They have one son.

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Marsh has not announced who will succeed Bryan as his chief of staff.

 

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