Greg Hopkins, a longtime Republican worker, has been hired as the executive director of the Utah State Republican Party.

Hopkins replaces Gregg McDonough, who has left to run a U.S. Senate campaign for a Republican in Arizona.Hopkins, a Bountiful native, is a University of Utah graduate. He worked for former Rep. David Monson, R-Utah, and was deputy campaign manager during the 1986 congressional campaign of M. Tom Shimizu.

He was director of special projects for Rep. Tom Coleman, R-Mo.

"We are very pleased to have Greg on board as our executive director," said H. Craig Moody, state GOP chairman. "He brings with him excellent experience at the federal level, as well as an understanding of Utah politics and the important issues facing the state. . . .