David FitzSimmons ran Tom Emmer's 2010 campaign for governor, managed his 2014 campaign for the U.S. House, is leading Emmer's transition to Congress and now will lead Emmer's congressional office as his chief of staff.

“With years of experience in Minnesota’s political arena, David has a firm understanding of our district and state,” Emmer said. “I look forward to his leadership and am honored to have him head up our team.”

FitzSimmons is a Minnesota House member who lost local Republicans' faith after he voted to legalize same sex marriage. He had also served as chairman of the Wright County Republicans and the Sixth District Republican group.

On Tuesday, Emmer, a former Minnesota House member himself,  won the Sixth Congressional District race to take U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's place in Washington.

Photo: Tom Emmer and David FitzSimmons during the 2014 campaign/Source: Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Corrected to reflect that FitzSimmons term lasts through January 2015.