Arthur "Art" Estopiñan, the longtime chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, is retiring, prompting several moves in her congressional offices.
Estopiñan, who has worked for Ros-Lehtinen for more than a quarter century, will act as senior adviser to the Miami Republican effective Jan. 1, the congresswoman said in a statement.
Estopiñan's deputy, Maytee Sanz, who has worked for Ros-Lehtinen for 25 years, will become the new chief of staff in charge of all of the congresswoman's offices. Legislative Director Joshua Salpeter will run Ros-Lehtinen's D.C. office and also advise on legislation. Both are South Florida natives.
In a statement, Estopiñan noted his son's health as a reason for leaving for the more lucrative private sector.
"While this is a challenge, it is one I am looking forward to," he said. "It will allow me to enter a new phase of life where I can provide for my family, particularly raising a severely disabled child who has a rare genetic muscular disease."
Ros-Lehtinen thanked Estopiñan and called the two staffers she promoted "consummate professionals."
"Art's hard work and dedication to South Florida are well known by our community leaders and his contributions to mentoring and guiding staff and interns have earned him much respect throughout his years on the Hill," she said. "Art's grace in the face of adversity has inspired us all and his leadership in our office will be missed."