Sen. Frank LaRose helping with logistics for Donald Trump’s Inauguration

CLEVELAND, Ohio — State Sen. Frank LaRose has a behind-the-scenes role during President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural festivities this week in Washington, D.C.

The Copley Republican is part of the advance team responsible for handling events, travel and other arrangements before, during and after Trump’s inaugural speech Friday.

He will work as “site lead” for the Blair House and the presidential escort.

“What that means,” LaRose said Wednesday evening by telephone, “is that I’m coordinating the [Trump] family’s overnight stay at the Blair House, which is the traditional place where presidents-elect stay before the inauguration” and logistics along the parade route.

LaRose, 37, scored the gig, which he said comes only with a daily allowance for expenses, because of his significant experience. As a younger operative, he worked in advance for President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004 and for several Republican White House hopefuls — including eventual nominee John McCain — during the 2008 cycle.

Politicos tend to graduate from such unglamorous grunt work once they win an elected office of their own. But LaRose continued to take advance jobs after joining the Ohio Senate. He worked for Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign and for Ohio Gov. John Kasich in last year’s primaries.

Old advance friends asked LaRose to pitch in on the Trump inauguration.

“I was honored to do so,” said LaRose, who added that he is “a very small cog in a very big wheel. There are thousands of people working to put this inaugural together.”

He is not the only Northeast Ohioan with an inauguration role. Wickliffe native Tim Tripepi is serving as a deputy director of public events, according to a release from Baldwin Wallace University, his alma mater. Tripepi was director of advance for Kasich’s campaign and advance coordinator for Trump in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention.

LaRose, who is term-limited in his Ohio Senate seat, has long been seen as a statewide candidate in 2018. He confirmed Wednesday that he is seriously considering a run for secretary of state.

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By Henry Gomez for Cleveland.com / Cleveland Plain Dealer

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