Ryan Loskarn has been Alexander's chief of staff since January 2012.

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Senator Lamar Alexander has fired his former chief of staff after learning he was being investigated for child pornography.

In a statement, Alexander said he was stunned and disappointed to learn that federal agents were searching the home of Ryan Loskarn for evidence. He initially placed Loskarn on leave, but said later in the day that Loskarn has been dismissed.

"The courts will judge Mr. Loskarn's guilt or innocence, but under these circumstances, he cannot continue to fulfill his duties as chief of staff of this office. Therefore, as of today, I have removed him from the payroll," said Alexander.

Alexander named David Cleary his new chief of staff.

"David has worked with me for eight years and fortunately is well-prepared to step into this position," said Alexander.

Cleary has served as Alexander's legislative director since 2011 and as Republican staff director for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee since 2012. He has been working with Alexander since 2006.

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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said Wednesday that his chief of staff is being investigated "regarding allegations involving child pornography."

"I was just informed by the United States Senate legal counsel's office that law enforcement agents are conducting a search of the personal residence of Ryan Loskarn, the chief of staff of my Washington, D.C., office regarding allegations involving child pornography," the Tennessee Republican said in a news release posted on his website. "I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned. Based on this information, I immediately placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay. The office is fully cooperating with the investigation."

Loskarn has been Alexander's chief of staff since January 2012, according to his LinkedIn page. He was U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's communications director from 2003 to 2007.

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