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Rubio hires Heritage Action CEO as new chief of staff

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Sen. Marco Rubio has hired Michael Needham, the CEO of a conservative political organization that once battled with the Florida Republican over his support of a comprehensive immigration bill, as his new chief of staff. 

"Mike brings a wealth of policy, political and management experience that will greatly complement our office’s mission of serving the people of Florida and leading the effort to modernize the conservative movement in the 21st century," Rubio said in a statement. "Mike understands and shares these goals, and I look forward to his contributions." 

Needham, 36, was the CEO of Heritage Action for America, a conservative organization that pushed Republican lawmakers on a litany of issues including opposing comprehensive immigration reform and supporting the 2013 government shutdown over Obamacare funding. 

Needham will serve as Rubio's top advisor and oversee his staff of dozens in Washington and in various offices throughout Florida.

Rubio's former chief of staff Clint Reed was fired in January for violating "policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and their subordinates."