Governor LePage Thanks Chief of Staff for His Service

January 8, 2018

For Immediate Release: Monday, January 8, 2018
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

Holly Lusk to serve as chief of staff

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage announced today that John McGough, his longtime chief of staff, has stepped down effective January 8, 2018 to accept a position with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“John has been with me since I first ran for governor in 2010,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “I have appreciated his leadership the past several years, and I congratulate him as he continues his career in public service at the federal level.”

McGough has been Governor LePage’s chief of staff since the Governor first took office, and during the 2010 campaign he served as deputy chief of staff and policy director. Prior to joining the campaign, McGough was the director of human resources for the City of South Portland.

His prior experience includes serving as the assistant city administrator/human resources officer for the City of Waterville. He was also the former chief of staff for the House Republican Office of the Maine House of Representatives.

McGough holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Public Administration from the University of Maine system. He resides in Brunswick with his wife Jillaine and daughter Molly.

Governor LePage has appointed Holly Lusk as his chief of staff and legislative director, effective today. Lusk has served as deputy chief of staff since rejoining the LePage administration in November 2017. An attorney, Lusk is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maine School of Law.