Press Release: Tuberville Names New Chief of Staff; Thanks Stephen Boyd for Dedicated Service to Alabama

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville’s (R-AL) today announced he has named Mary Blanche Hankey as his next chief of staff. Hankey currently serves as Senator Tuberville’s chief counsel and policy advisor. Senator Tuberville also thanked outgoing Chief of Staff Stephen Boyd for his dedicated service to the U.S. Senate, the country, and the people of Alabama.

After nearly two decades in public service, Boyd announced earlier this week that he would be leaving the office later this month to pursue opportunities outside of government.

“Stephen Boyd exemplifies the values Alabamians hold dear,” Tuberville said. “His service to his country, loyalty to his beliefs, and pursuit of excellence have made him an invaluable part of my team. When I was elected, my first order of business was building a staff with the knowledge and skills required to deliver for my constituents. As a lifelong Alabamian with years of experience on Capitol Hill and at the Department of Justice, Stephen was the first person I asked to serve in our office. His leadership has been the foundation of a team I am very proud to see working for the people of Alabama every day. I am thankful for his service, and I look forward to seeing what he achieves in the future.”

Boyd, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, has served as Senator Tuberville’s chief of staff since the Senator assumed office in 2021. Immediately prior to joining Senator Tuberville’s office, Boyd served as the Senate-confirmed assistant attorney general for the Office of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice. He previously worked as chief of staff to former U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL-02) and in various roles forformer U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL). Boyd is an alumnus of the University of Alabama College of Communications and School of Law.

“Mary Blanche Hankey is the model of leadership with integrity, and I am proud to have her assume the role of chief of staff,” said Tuberville. “Mary Blanche’s experience and work ethic have made her valuable member of our team since the beginning, and I am confident she will continue to serve her state and country at the highest possible level. In just two years, our office has accomplished much on behalf of the state, but it takes a dedicated team of public servants in Washington and across the state to represent Alabamians in the U.S. Senate. Mary Blanche will be the steadfast leader that team needs to continue to deliver.”

Originally from Florence, Alabama, Hankey is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Samford University’sCumberland School of Law. Before she joined Senator Tuberville’s office, Hankey served in several roles at the U.S. Department of Justice, including deputy assistant attorney general and chief of staff and counselor in the Office of Legislative Affairs, as well as the White House liaison in the Office of the Attorney General. Hankey was also legislative counsel to former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.