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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Gov. Bobby Jindal's chief of staff, Paul Rainwater, is leaving state government after working for the governor since he took office six years ago.

The governor's office announced Tuesday that Rainwater was resigning, effective March 3. Jindal's communications director, Kyle Plotkin, has been named to succeed Rainwater as chief of staff.

Rainwater held four different positions in the Republican administration, at one point working as the governor's top budget adviser. He was also the former executive director of Gov. Kathleen Blanco's Louisiana Recovery Authority, formed after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Prior to that, he worked for Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Plotkin has worked for Jindal since November 2008.

Plotkin will be paid a $165,880 salary, less than the $204,697 that Rainwater received.

The resignation will lead to a reshuffling of communications staff, with deputy communications director Michael Reed taking over Plotkin's old job and Shannon Bates moving into Reed's position.

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