Gephardt Government Affairs today announced that Rob Epplin, former Legislative Director to Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and veteran Senate Republican staffer, has joined the firm as a Vice President. Rob brings 23 years of federal government experience in the U.S. Senate and Administration, and he will provide clients with budget and tax advice in addition to guidance on Senate procedure.
Gephardt Government Affairs President & CEO Dick Gephardt commented, "We are thrilled to have Rob on board. With two decades of experience in federal government on tax and budget issues, Rob has just the kind of background that is critical to excellent client service."
"Rob is a significant hire for us, expanding our bipartisan capabilities on tax and homeland security services," said Gephardt Government Affairs Co-Founder Tom O'Donnell. "He further deepens our roster of Republican advocates including longtime GOP strategist and former FAA spokesperson Scott Brenner, and former House Republican Leadership communications' advisor and TSA official Tom Blank."
Rob commented, "It's a great opportunity to join a firm that has a bipartisan appeal and top notch reputation. I look forward to bringing my background and depth in the Senate over the last two decades to help Gephardt Government Affairs in budget, tax, trade and a diverse number of issues."
Prior to his role in Senator Collins' office, Rob previously served as a professional staffer at the Senate Finance Committee. He also handled tax and trade issues in a variety of legislative roles in the office of Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR) between 1997 and 2009.
Before that, Rob served in a variety of roles in the federal government, including as an analyst at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and as an aide in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Education under Lamar Alexander. He is widely respected for expertise in policy, legislative process and strategic planning on budget and appropriations issues.
Gephardt Government Affairs was founded in 2007 by former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and specializes in helping clients develop political and public policy strategies. Learn more about our team at: www.gephardtDC.com.
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