Reform Begins at Home: Gov Rauner Boots Goldberg, Names Kristina Rasmussen as His New Chief of Staff

Kristina Rasmussen and family join Gov Rauner on her selection as his Chief of Staff

SPRINGFIELD – Following the override of his budget veto, when 15 House Republicans opted to vote with Democrats to pass a budget, Governor Bruce Rauner may be signaling he’s going to take a new direction, or at least seek some better advice.

The Governor today announced through a press release that Kristina Rasmussen has been appointed Chief of Staff in the Office of the Governor. Rasmussen will replace former Chief of Staff Richard Goldberg, effective on July 10, 2017.

Rasmussen joins the Administration from the Illinois Policy Institute, where she has served as president and chief operating officer. Rasmussen previously served as director of government affairs for the National Taxpayers Union. She is a graduate of George Washington University and Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.

“Kristina has worked tirelessly to defend taxpayers over the course of her career,” said Governor Rauner. “Her record of achievement speaks for itself, both nationally and right here in the Prairie State.

In a statement issued, the Governor said, “My vision has always been for an Illinois that is prosperous and compassionate, with a state government that serves the people, rather than the other way around. That’s Kristina’s vision too, and that’s why I have appointed her my next Chief of Staff.”

Goldberg was known to have rubbed many in the legislature the wrong way, with an acerbic style, that made confrontation seem the goal of the Governor’s relationship with the legislature, rather than cooperation.

Christina Rasmussen is married and the mother of three girls.  She is well known in the Capitol, and among Republicans around the state, through her work with the Illinois Policy Institute, a free-market think tank.

What difference this will make with the Governor’s approach in relations with the legislature remains to be seen, but Rasmussen brings an entirely new personality to the governor’s office.   She is organized, smart, and generally wearing a big smile.

That the governor is taking a new direction with his Chief of Staff, after his legislative defeat that ended a three-year standoff over the budget, is a signal that perhaps he realizes a more positive approach is called for.