Tuesday July 17, 2012 | 12:44 PM

The campaign for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney announced today that a former Maine lawmaker will lead the staff for his eventual running mate. 

Randy Bumps, who served three terms in the Maine House of Representatives, will become the vice presidential candidate's director of operations. Bumps, who represented District 106 (China) between 1997 and 2002, formerly worked as the political director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. 

Bumps also served as the regional political director for the Republican National Committee and the Maine director for the George W. Bush's reelection campaign. He was the Maine Republican Party chairman in 2005, as well as a former staffer for U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and former Republican U.S. Sen. William Cohen. 

Bumps was identified in 1999 as a potential rising star in the Maine GOP. A quick library search shows that he supported a Republican initiative to require a two-thirds vote by the Legislature to pass any bill that would lead to a tax increase and other tax-related measures. 

Bumps, who ran his legislative campaigns on a platform of decreasing Maine's regulatory and tax burden, in 1999 complimented former independent Gov. Angus King after his first term in the Blaine House. Bumps said King took a strong stand for attracting businesses to the state. 

Romney hasn't named announced his VP pick. However, the campaign has been teasing the announcement over the last several days.

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