HARRISBURG —Luzerne County resident Lynn Lawson has been appointed Gov. Tom Corbett’s director of communications.
Lawson will replace Kevin Harley, who announced he was stepping down to enter the private sector at the end of the month.
In her new role, Lawson, 53, of Conyngham, will be responsible for overseeing the communications outreach of the Governor’s Office as well as the communications offices of 27 state government agencies.
“Lynn brings a significant record of accomplishment in developing and implementing communications plans,” Corbett said. “I am pleased to have her expertise heading into the upcoming legislative session where the legislative leaders and I plan to build on our jobs record and pursue new policies to improve job growth and career opportunities for Pennsylvanians.”
Lawson has prior state government experience having served as press secretary for the Department of Community and Economic Development from 1995-1997. She also has state political experience, having served with Corbett Chief of Staff Leslie Gromis Baker as press secretary for the 1998 re-election campaign of Gov. Tom Ridge.
“Gov. Corbett’s commitment to Pennsylvania and to his policies that foster job growth, educational excellence and public accountability made it easy to accept when the opportunity to join his team was presented,” Lawson said in a release. “I am extremely enthused to be part of the talented current and new team Gov. Corbett has attracted. I look forward to helping the governor share his message of achievement with Pennsylvanians.”
Lawson joins the administration from her position as managing director at the Washington, D.C.-based public affairs firm, DCI Group, where she directed U.S.-based legislative issue campaigns at the local, state and federal levels.
Lawson’s political experience extends to the federal government level with service to President George H.W. Bush in the White House Office of Intergovernmental and Political Affairs. Her responsibilities at the White House included outreach to elected officials, including mayors, governors and key political officials.
Lawson received a bachelor of science degree in political science from Dickinson College in Carlisle. She is a 1977 graduate of West Hazleton High School and is single with no children.