Here's how the news broke on Flash Report:
We hear at the FlashReport would like to offer our hearty congratulations to longtime FR friend Russell Lowery. Yesterday Lowery informed the Senate Republican Caucus that he would be leaving his position as Chief of Staff to except a position with Pacific Gas & Electric's Sacramento office. Lowery has had a long tenure working for conservatives in the state legislature, and is well regarded for both his commitment to his core values, and an ability to be smart about how to best achieve definable victories for Republicans - a challenge in an institution where Republicans are the minority party.
We caught up with Russell's boss, Senate Republican Leader Dennis Hollingsworth, who shared with us a few thoughts, "Russell has been a leader for our caucus staff, and has been good Chief of Staff and counselor to me. He will be missed here, but I know I speak for all Senate Republicans when I extend my congratulations to him in his new career."
Russell's last day with the Senate will be in early February, but there's not a whole lot he can really do now anyways. There are all kinds of laws that prohibit someone who has accepted an external job from continuing to influence the legislative process internally.
We wish Russell as he leaves public service and we know that he will bring a lot of value to his new employer, PG&E. Who knows, before long, he'll have them lowering their rates!