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Matthew Gagnon to Lead Conservative Advocacy Group

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A Maine native is leaving his job at the Republican Governors Association to return to his home state to lead a conservative advocacy group.

Matthew Gagnon will assume his duties as CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, effective Sept. 1.

Gagnon has been involved in Maine and national politics for more than a decade. He's served as director of digital strategy of the RGA for the past three years. He previously worked in the office of Sen. Susan Collins and with the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He's also been a columnist for the Bangor Daily News.

Former CEO J. Scott Moody left the conservative think tank in April to lead Virginia-based State Budget Solutions.