Chip Saltsman lands new job promoting school vouchers

Authored By James Harrison

It didn’t take long for Chip Saltsman to pick up new work after departing his post as Rep. Chuck Fleischmann’s chief of staff in December. 

Saltsman has taken a position with the American Federation for Children, a Washington, D.C.-based group focused on promoting school choice, according to an Associated Press report. The group focuses on advocating for school vouchers and scholarship tax credit programs and will work to promote Gov. Bill Haslam’s recent proposal for a limited voucher program in Tennessee. 

A former chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party, Saltsman is known across the state for his work as a skilled political operative. He served as campaign manager for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s presidential bid in 2008. 

Haslam’s proposal would be limited to only 5,000 students in its first year, with the total number being increased to 20,000 students by 2016. Students in priority schools who meet certain eligibility requirements would have the opportunity to put a state-backed voucher toward tuition at a private school.