The chief of staff for Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is under investigation for child pornography, according to a statement from Alexander's office.
In the emailed statement, Alexander said, "I was just informed by the United States Senate legal counsel’s office that law enforcement agents are conducting a search of the personal residence of Ryan Loskarn, the chief of staff of my Washington, D.C., office regarding allegations involving child pornography. I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned. Based on this information, I immediately placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay. The office is fully cooperating with the investigation."
Loskarn was named Alexander's Washington chief of staff in November 2011.
At the time, Loskarn was called one of the Senate GOP’s top strategists and aides, and he has been a fixture in the House and Senate for most of the past decade, including working at the Republican Conference under Alexander and former Chairman Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. Loskarn also did stints in the House working for Reps. Wally Herger, R-Calif., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., as well as the House Rules Committee.
According to Roll Call, at the time he was appointed, Alexander said, "I am fortunate that Ryan Loskarn is willing to transfer his considerable skills from leading the Republican Conference to leading my Senate staff."
Loskarn was paid $84,499 a year, according to public records posted on Legistorm.com.
This article is published with permission of NewsChannel 9.
Updated @ 12:43 p.m. on 12/11/13 to add more information as it became available.
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