Dec 20 2016
Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today announced a promotion within his legislative staff, as well as three new additions.
Lauren Reamy, a member of Rubio’s staff since 2015, has been promoted to deputy legislative director. In addition, Ansley Rhyne joins the office as legislative assistant for health and education, Samantha Roberts as general counsel, and Robert “Bobby” Zarate as a senior foreign policy advisor.
“Lauren’s promotion and the addition of these new members to our team will help us serve our constituents as we continue to pursue an ambitious and impactful legislative agenda in my second term,” said Rubio. “I’m excited about getting our second term started, and what these professionals will bring to the table as we work on national security issues, repealing and replacing ObamaCare, nominating qualified individuals to the federal bench and the many unique Florida issues that have a federal dimension to them, including our constituent service program.
“These individuals will join an existing legislative team that’s coming off our most successful Congress yet, when we passed more bills into law than our first four years,” added Rubio. “With Republicans in control of the White House, Senate and House, I’m hopeful we will be able to get even more things done that help move our state and nation forward.”
BACKGROUND ON TODAY’S STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS
Lauren Reamy – Deputy Legislative Director: Reamy is being promoted to deputy legislative director. Since 2015, she has served as Rubio’s professional staff member on the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard as well as advising on energy, environment, agriculture, and trade issues. Prior to that, she was director of government affairs at the Motion Picture Association of America, managing a portfolio that included international trade and economic issues. Earlier in her career, she served six years as a professional staff member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, serving under former Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA), and former Ranking Members Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Reamy is a 2004 graduate from the University of Florida and a native of Davie, Florida.
Ansley Rhyne – Legislative Assistant (Health and Education): Rhyne previously worked for U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) on the Joint Economic Committee where she handled health care, the senator’s appropriations work and “Waste of the Week” initiative. Rhyne began her career on Capitol Hill with Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) and later served as legislative director for Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). While there, she worked closely with Rubio’s office to successfully pass Rubio’s Hezbollah sanctions legislation into law. Rhyne is from Savannah, Georgia and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.
Samantha Roberts – General Counsel: For the past six years, Roberts has worked for U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), primarily handling homeland security, judiciary and aviation issues. In addition, Roberts led Ayotte’s efforts to combat the growing opioid abuse crisis confronting that state and the entire nation. She is a native of Farmington, New Mexico and is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Tulsa College of Law.
Robert “Bobby” Zarate – Senior Foreign Policy Advisor: Zarate will serve as Rubio's senior foreign policy advisor, joining Jamie Fly, who continues in his role as Rubio’s Counselor for Foreign and National Security Affairs. Zarate previously served as national security advisor to U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), overseeing efforts on the Menendez-Kirk-Lieberman Iran sanctions laws, persuading Congress to appropriate and authorize full funding for IRON DOME and other U.S.-Israel missile defense programs, and to advance the bipartisan Combating BDS Act of 2016. Prior to the Senate, he served as policy director of the Foreign Policy Initiative (2011-2014), legislative assistant for foreign affairs to U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska (2009-2011), legislative fellow on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade (2009), and research fellow at the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (2006-2009). Bobby earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago.