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Rubin to be top lobbyist for VCU

Mark Rubin, a senior advisor to former Gov. Tim Kaine, yesterday became the chief lobbyist for Virginia Commonwealth University.

Rubin’s official title is executive director government relations, slightly different than that of his predecessor, Don Gehring, who was vice president for government relations, but VCU spokeswoman Pam Lepley said Rubin’s duties will be essentially the same.

She said Rubin will be the primary representative for both the university and its health system in their dealings with local, state and federal governments. “He’s very well respected in all those areas.”

Before joining Kaine’s staff, Rubin was a partner for many years in the firm of Shuford, Rubin & Gibney, where he lobbied for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, among others, and a mediator with The McCammon Group.

By Alan Cooper

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