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Former TV exec tapped as Senate communications adviser

The Senate has hired a former TV executive as its new communications adviser.

Mike Philipsen replaced Laura Devany, who joined the Senate during the tenure of former Senate President Tim Bee.

Philipsen, who formally assumed the duties of communications adviser on Jan. 26, used to work as a TV reporter in La Fayette, Indiana before moving to Arizona, where he became news producer at KGUN in Tucson, and then news producer at KPHO in Phoenix.

He was also manager of KAET’s news and public affairs, a job he held until summer of last year.

“It really is the perfect position for the background I have, where I have a strong knowledge of the media here in town and throughout the state,” he said. “But I also have a passion for politics. So I think it’s a nice merger of both.”

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