U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander announced Wednesday afternoon he has named a new chief of staff to replace Ryan Loskarn, who Alexander said was under investigation for allegations involving child pornography earlier in the day.
“I have named David Cleary as my chief of staff,” Alexander said. “David has worked with me for eight years and fortunately is well-prepared to step into this position.”
Cleary has served as Alexander’s legislative director since 2011 and as Republican staff director for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee since 2012. He has been working with Alexander since 2006.
Cleary previously served as a staff member on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce under then-Chairman John Boehner (R-Ohio), and as a legislative analyst for the U.S. Department of Education.
Cleary earned a bachelor’s in political science and master’s in public administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
“Earlier today, I was informed by the United States Senate legal counsel’s office that law enforcement agents were conducting a search of the personal residence of Ryan Loskarn, who has been chief of staff of my Washington, D.C., office, regarding allegations involving child pornography,” Alexander said. “I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned. Based on this information, I immediately placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay. The office is fully cooperating with the investigation.
“The courts will judge Mr. Loskarn’s guilt or innocence, but under these circumstances, he cannot continue to fulfill his duties as chief of staff of this office. Therefore, as of [Wednesday], I have removed him from the payroll.”