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Senator Marco Rubio Announces First Staff Hires

Jan 26, 2011 | Press Releases

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator-elect Marco Rubio (R-FL) today
announced several key hires for his Senate office staff. These
individuals were selected from among approximately 1000 applicants for a
total of 53 Senate office positions in Washington and Florida, which
will continue to be filled in the coming weeks.

“Florida will be well-served by the team we are putting together.
Together, they will assist me in the U.S. Senate as we work to
jump-start the economy, tackle the debt, repeal and replace ObamaCare,
and defend America at home and abroad,” said Rubio. “Each of these
individuals brings a wealth of talents and experience to our
organization, and I am confident that their collective abilities will be
of great service to me and all Floridians.”

Rubio also announced the initial opening of five regional offices in
Pensacola, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and Miami, which will be staffed
by 17 workers on the first day of his term. This regional operation
will serve as the center of constituent casework, with an expected
workload of over 5,000 cases to be handled this coming year.

“I am especially pleased that we have met our top priorities of the
transition, which were not only to begin putting together a top-notch
team, but also to have our Florida offices operational to ensure a
seamless handover of constituent casework,” added Rubio. “On day one,
our offices are ready to serve all Floridians.”

BACKGROUND ON TODAY’S STAFF HIRE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sally Canfield – Chief Policy Advisor & Legislative Director:
Canfield previously served as senior director for policy at
Sanofi-Aventis US. Prior to that, she served as a senior program officer
in the Global Health Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, providing strategic policy, advocacy, and communications
counsel and managing a multi-million dollar grants portfolio. She has
also held various senior positions in the federal government, including
deputy chief of staff for policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security, counselor to the Secretary at the Department of Health and
Human Services, and senior policy advisor to the Speaker of the House,
in addition to working for Congressman Jim McCrery and Congressman Mac
Thornberry. In the 2000 campaign, she served as domestic policy advisor
to then-Governor George W. Bush and in the 2008 campaign cycle, she
served as policy director to Governor Mitt Romney. She has a Bachelor’s
Degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Leonard Collins – General Counsel: Collins previously served as a
senior attorney in the Florida Department of Transportation’s Office of
the General Counsel. From 2006 to 2008, he served as Parliamentarian of
the Florida House of Representatives. In this position, he assisted
the presiding officer and members of the House with the application of
the state constitution, the rules of the House, and parliamentary
authority to legislative proceedings. Prior to his House service, he
worked as an attorney in private practice, and as an assistant state
attorney in the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami. Raised in Miami,
Collins earned his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University’s
Shepard Broad Law Center, as well as his Bachelor of Arts in political
science and international relations from Florida International
University.

Todd Reid – State Director: Reid previously served as deputy
chief of staff to Florida House of Representatives Speaker Dean Cannon.
Prior to that, for four years, he was director of the Florida House
Majority Office where he managed floor activities and coordinated
communications on behalf of the Florida House’s Republican majority. He
has also served as communications director for the Florida House and
with the Florida Department of Financial Services. Reid has also worked
for the Office of the Governor of Virginia, the Republican Party of
Virginia and as a regional director for the Republican National
Committee. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Hampden-Sydney College.

Joe Pounder – Communications Director: Pounder previously worked
on Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate, where he served as deputy campaign
manager for communications. Prior to that in 2009, he worked on Capitol
Hill as strategic communications director for U.S. House Republican Whip
Eric Cantor (R-VA) and as deputy communications director for U.S. Sen.
Kay Bailey Hutchinson’s (R-TX) gubernatorial campaign. He also served as
director of rapid response for John McCain’s 2008 presidential
campaign, director of rapid response for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign and deputy director of research for
the California Republican Party in 2006. He began his career on the
White House staff of President George W. Bush where he worked in both
Communications and Presidential Personnel.

Alex Burgos – Director of Media Affairs: Burgos previously served
as communications director on Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate. Prior to
that, he was the senior communications manager at the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center, director of specialty
media on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential
campaign, and deputy press secretary at the National Republican
Congressional Committee. A Miami native, Burgos is a graduate of the
University of Florida, where he earned a Master of Arts in international
business and a Bachelor of Science in business administration.

Bexie Nobles – Director of Scheduling & Executive Assistant:
Nobles previously served in the Washington office of Sen. Kay Bailey
Hutchinson (R-TX), as well as Director of Operations for her 2010
primary campaign for governor. Prior to these roles, she worked on Sen.
John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and Rudy Giuliani’s
presidential campaign.

Theresa Young – Administrative Director: Ms. Young will continue
in this role, which she served in under former U.S. Senators Mel
Martinez (R-FL) and George LeMieux (R-FL). Prior to this, she served in
the office of the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms.

Luke Marchant – Special Assistant: Marchant served as political
director on Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate. Prior to that, he served as
communications director for Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX) and campaign
manager for Olson’s congressional campaign. Marchant has served on the
staffs of Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Attorney General Greg Abbott (R-TX)
and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples (R-TX).