Sen. Corker communications director Laura Herzog to take new job with Tennessee Gov. Haslam

Arkansas-Tennessee Live Blog

NASHVILLE - U.S. Sen. Bob Corker's communications director, Laura Lefler Herzog, is leaving Washington to take up a new job as deputy communications director for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

Herzog spent nearly 11 years in Washington, working first for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., for four years prior to going to work for fellow Republican Corker.

In an email to state news media, Herzog said she and her husband, who have a nearly two-year-old son, "have been feeling the urge to be closer to family in and around Tennessee."

Herzog is from Loudon County. She begins her new job Jan. 13 at a salary of $98,500, Haslam Communications Director Alexia Poe said in an email.

"We've had a vacant position in the communications office for several months after John Chobanian went to work for the Health and Wellness Foundation," Poe noted.

There was no immediate announcement from Corker's office on a replacement for Herzog.