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Rob Collins Heads Downtown, Joins S-3

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Fresh off a tour of duty at the National Republican Senatorial Committee that saw the GOP net nine seats and take control of the Senate, Rob Collins is joining an old friend in the lobbying world.  

Collins will be a senior principal at the S-3 group, the boutique firm announced Thursday morning. Collins led the NRSC through the 2014 cycle during the chairmanship of Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.  

"I couldn't be more excited for Rob to join our firm. He is a game-changer and a super thoughtful strategist who knows D.C. and all of the players. He will add tremendous value for our clients and causes," said S-3 Co-Founder and Managing Partner John Scofield, who was a senior aide at the House Appropriations Committee before leaving the Capitol for the government affairs realm.  

Collins noted the personal connection to Scofield in his statement accompanying the announcement.  

"John and I have been friends for years and served as each others best men at our weddings, so this will be an exciting and fun next chapter of my professional life," Collins said.  

Before the NRSC post, Collins worked inside and outside the Capitol, including as deputy chief of staff to then-Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va. The New York Times reported Collins met with a top adviser to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ahead of his potential 2016 run.  

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