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U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., has hired former LEO Weekly editor Stephen George as his new communications director.

A Louisville-native, George served as editor of the alt-weekly newspaper for two years and briefly worked for Yarmuth, who founded LEO in 1990, as a staff writer. The congressman sold the newspaper in 2003, but remained with the publication as a columnist until he announced his bid for Congress in 2006.

George will replace Trey Pollard, who has accepted the position of deputy press secretary for the national Sierra Club. After leaving LEO Weekly, George served as editor of the Nashville City Paper and wrote about political and government for the Nashville Scene.

He left that position to become press secretary for U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tn., where he has served for the past three months.

George’s first day will be December 12.