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Rubio Announces Committee Assignments, New Staff

Jan 11, 2013

Rebecca Villaneda--HispanicBusiness

Marco Rubio

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL, recently announced his four committee assignments for the 113th Congress, as well as named two new members to his Washington office.

Rubio again will serve on the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Small Business Committee.

"In the coming Congress, I intend to remain closely involved in the duties of the Foreign Relations and Intelligence Committees, including the advancement of America's interests around the globe and the careful oversight of these vital government functions," Rubio said in a statement. "I've also greatly valued my experiences on the Commerce Committee, including my continuing work on several issues of great interest to Floridians, such as policies affecting NASA and Florida's space coast, trade with our hemispheric neighbors, and oversight of our important fishing industry.

"Through my work on the Small Business Committee, I've been privileged to work side-by-side with many business leaders throughout Florida and across the nation," he continued. "Small businesses play an integral role in the growth of our nation's economy, creating the majority of new middle-class jobs and representing the best of the American Dream.

"I am excited to carry on my work on this important committee so that we can continue to be the most inviting nation in the world for those wishing to start a business," he added.

New Staff

According to the Hispanic Republican's website, Rubio brought on Alberto Martinez as deputy chief of staff and Brooke Sammon as deputy press secretary.

Martinez most recently served as a senior adviser to Rubio's Reclaim America PAC and the Romney for President campaign.

Sammon is returning to Capitol Hill after previously serving as the press secretary for U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA).

"I'm proud to welcome Albert and Brooke to our team and am excited about the entire staff we have in place for the productive and important year ahead," said Rubio in a press release. "I look forward to the legislative work we'll be doing in the 113th Congress, including our initiatives to expand middle class opportunities and reform America's broken immigration system. These new hires will bolster the great team we have to serve the people of Florida and help us advance these important initiatives."

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