WASHINGTON, D.C. (KFVS) - A Marshall County, Kentucky native was named as the next chief of staff for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in his personal office in Washington, D.C.
Terry Carmack served as Senator McConnell’s state director since June 2010.
“Terry Carmack has been a friend and trusted advisor for more than 30 years. I’m grateful he will continue to serve Kentucky as my new Chief of Staff,” said Senator McConnell. “He’s the perfect mixture of talent and hard work. For the last decade as my state director, Terry has traveled to every corner of Kentucky to listen to families’ stories and concerns. Now, he’s the best choice to help me advance our Commonwealth’s priorities in the Senate. Terry is ready to lead my DC and state staffs, in coordination with my leadership office, to deliver for Kentucky and Middle America.”
He grew up in Marshall County. He attended Murray State University and is a graduate of George Mason University.
Carmack previously worked as the political director at the National Republican Congressional Committee and served as chief of staff for two Kentucky members of Congress, Anne Northup and Ed Whitfield.
He also has experience in positions at the White House and the Small Business Administration. His first job on Capitol Hill was working in McConnell’s mailroom starting in 1985.
The transition will officially take place in January.
McConnell’s outgoing chief of staff, Phil Maxson, is leaving after nearly 10 years with the office to return to Kentucky to raise his family.
“Phil has led by example and with good humor as my Chief of Staff, creating one of the best teams on Capitol Hill,” Senator McConnell said. “His wise counsel and masterful knowledge of legislative procedure, the committee process, and Kentucky projects have produced a lengthy record of accomplishments of which he should be proud. Phil has my sincere thanks for his decade of service in my office. I wish him, Sarah Beth, and their family the very best for their future.”
Maxson, of Lexington, has served as Senator McConnell’s Chief of Staff since 2017. He previously served as legislative director and oversaw the appropriations portfolio for the office as the director of projects. He was also responsible for defense and military legislative affairs.
Sharon Soderstrom is the chief of staff in McConnell’s leadership office.