Hudson names new chief of staff


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-09) announced a longtime North Carolina political operative will be leading his Congressional team. The six-term member of Congress named Luke Blanchat to the post, replacing Elliott Guffin. Blanchat will be based in North Carolina, Hudson confirmed on Monday.

“Luke has a strong passion for serving the people of North Carolina, and I am confident he will do a fantastic job leading our team as chief of staff,” said Hudson in a statement. “Luke lives in Southern Pines and has served our state for many years—experience that will help my office continue to deliver for our constituents.”

Prior to joining Hudson’s Congressional office, Blanchat served as the Director of Government Relations for FirstHealth of the Carolinas and has an extensive background in government and public service. Over the course of the past decade, Blanchat served in numerous positions with Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, including deputy state director and campaign manager of his successful 2020 reelection effort. In addition, Blanchat was the campaign manager for former Sen. Richard Burr’s final campaign in 2016.

Blanchat is a native of North Carolina and resides in Southern Pines with his wife and two children.

Guffin departed Hudson’s office to serve as Director of Federal Affairs for Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin.