Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Mike Needham Leaving Capitol Hill to Launch a New Think Tank

Mr. Mike Needham, Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) chief of staff, is leaving Capitol Hill to launch a new think tank called America 2100.

The think tank's aim is to "begin the work of codifying and institutionalizing the ideas Rubio helped pioneer, from China to industrial policy," reported Politico.  The new think tank reportedly has Rubio's blessing.

Before joining Rubio's office in 2018, Needham was CEO of Heritage Action for America, the sister lobbying arm of the think tank Heritage Foundation.

Needham formerly worked on former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign in 2008, and spent three years as the chief of staff and director at the Heritage Foundation.

Mr. Elbridge Colby, Co-founder and Principal of the think tank The Marathon Initiative, said that America 2100 is "is sure to be a critical and desperately needed voice in confronting the *actual* problems the country faces with credible solutions...not those of 15 years ago."