Pawlenty taps former Minnesota GOP official to lead his organization

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The former deputy chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party will assume a top leadership position at the lobbying organization where former Gov. Tim Pawlenty serves as president and chief executive officer.

Forum Communications reports that Eric Hoplin, 35, will become the executive director of the Financial Services Roundtable on Jan. 1. The Detroit Lakes native has served as the organization’s vice president of communications and organizational strategy.

The roundtable represents 100 of the country’s largest financial services companies, such as banks, insurance companies and investment firms. Firms the roundtable represents account for nearly $93 trillion in assets.

“Eric’s exceptional leadership and management skills make him the right person to help me lead FSR as one of the most dynamic organizations in Washington,” Pawlenty said.

Hoplin was leader of National College Republicans and delivered a speech to the 2004 Republican National Convention. He became Minnesota GOP deputy chairman in 2005.

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