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Long-Serving Republican Aide Kyle Sanders Joins TRP

April 19, 2023

For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrew Rosenberg, (202) 247-6301 (

Thorn Run Partners (TRP) announced today the addition of Kyle Sanders as Senior Vice President in their Washington, DC office. Most recently, Kyle was a senior aide and Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Finance, Banking, Judiciary, and Veterans Affairs committees. 

While working for his home-state Senator, Kyle oversaw the office’s economic development, transportation & infrastructure, appropriations, federal grants, and disaster recovery initiatives. As part of that work, Kyle helped private companies and local government entities navigate federal processes to facilitate the release of billions of dollars in capital investment and creation of thousands of new jobs to the state. Over his ten years in public service, Kyle’s results-driven approach to advocacy has earned him a reputation for solving complex problems on behalf of stakeholders of all types. 

Kyle also spent considerable time in the House of Representatives, providing counsel to Representatives John “Judge” Carter (R-TX), Andy Harris (R-MD), and David Rouzer (R-NC). During his time as Representative Rouzer’s Legislative Director, Kyle led the Congressman’s policy team covering issues including judiciary, financial services, transportation, and agriculture. Kyle was also integral in the Congressman’s disaster recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. 

Licensed to practice law in North Carolina, Kyle’s career in public service began as an Assistant District Attorney in his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he prosecuted misdemeanor cases in District Court. 

“We are thrilled to add Kyle Sanders to our team,” stated TRP’s co-Founding Republican Partner, Chris Lamond. “Kyle’s well-earned reputation for intelligence, integrity, and strong interpersonal skills will serve our clients well, and we can’t wait to put him to work.”

“I am really impressed with the remarkable growth, as well as the collaborative and client-focused approach to lobbying at Thorn Run Partners, and I am excited to be working with such a talented group of people,” Sanders added.

About Thorn Run Partners

Founded in January 2010 by veteran lobbyists Andrew Rosenberg and Chris Lamond, who previously served as staffers to Senators Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Fred Thompson (R-TN), respectively, Thorn Run Partners is a full-service, 45+ person government relations, policy and strategic communications firm with offices in Washington, DC, Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles. It has been recognized as a Top 10 lobbying firm by respected publications including Politico, Roll Call, the Hill, Congressional Quarterly, and Bloomberg, consistently ranking among the nation’s most creative and effective government relations companies.