RNC’s Raj Shah Given Top White House Research Post


President-elect Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he would be appointing Raj Shah* to be his deputy director of communications and research director.

The selection of Shah, who currently is research director at the Republican National Committee, was celebrated by the Indian Financial Express.

Shah, whose parents immigrated to the US from Gujarat, has been appointed as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Communication Director and Research Director, as per an announcement made by the Presidential Transition Team.

Shah, who is in his early 30s, is currently head of Opposition Research in the Republican National Committee. In this position, he led a team of experts to carry out research against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate. Shah was behind all the anti-Clinton campaign during the presidential elections. […]

A second generation Indian American, Shah’s parents are from Mumbai having origins from Gujarat. First his father came to the US for studies in 1970s then moved back to India. But after marriage his father and mother moved back to the US in late 70s. They lived in Chicago and then moved to Connecticut, where he was born and raised.

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said that Shah will be among the "key leaders in helping to implement the President-elect's agenda and bring real change to Washington."

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