A short time after joining an Albany law firm, a local attorney becomes chief of staff for a Republican presidential hopeful.
ALBANY, Ga. -- Patrick Millsaps, a partner with the Hall Booth Smith and Slover law firm has accepted the position of chief of staff for Republican Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign.
According to Jackson Spalding, a public relations firm representing Hall Booth Smith and Slover, Millsaps had started with Gingrich in Iowa as deputy general counsel and had intended to stay only through the South Carolina primary. However, Gingrich asked him to stay on.
"We're thrilled to have Patrick join our team," was Gingrich's statement, according to Millsaps. "He brings to the team an ability to think critically in tough situations and provides insight and advice on how to best move forward strategically."
Joe VanHoose, a representative of Jackson Spalding, provided a quote from Gingrich: "It's great having a Georgia native help out on the campaign trail -- he reminds me of home, and the good people of Georgia."
Millsaps received his undergraduate degree from Samford University in 1995 and his law degree from the University of Georgia in 2000. He is a former chairman of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. He was also a state political director for Sen. Johnny Isakson in 1996. Until September 2011, he operated his own law office in Camilla, at which time he became a partner with HBSS in Albany.
"Gingrich is a hard man to say no to," Millsaps said. "My law partners have been very supportive of my efforts with Newt and his team."
Other members of the HBSS group, including Brad Carver, Rufus Montgomery, Paul Spizzirri, Karl Braun, Elizabeth Wharton, Scott Cole, Shawn Pinkston and Josh Campbell, have worked on legal issues and research projects for the campaign, VanHoose said.