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Marco Rubio hires new chief of staff away from Heritage Action

Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio today announced he has hired Michael Needham, CEO of Heritage Action for America, as his new chief of staff.

Needham fills a position vacated in late January when Rubio fired Clint Reed for violating policies “regarding proper relations between a supervisor and their subordinates.”

Deputy Chief of Staff Jessica Fernandez served as acting chief in the interim

Heritage Action is the political action arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation.

There, Needham was responsible for setting strategy and vision, and overseeing policy decision that held members of Congress such as Rubio accountable. Prior to that, he served various roles at the Heritage Foundation, and in The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies.

“Mike brings a wealth of policy, political and management experience that will greatly complement our office’s mission of serving the people of Florida and leading the effort to modernize the conservative movement in the 21st century,” Rubio stated in a news release issued by his office. “Mike understands and shares these goals, and I look forward to his contributions.”

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