WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today took an important step toward strengthening the voice of the business community in the political debate by announcing the hiring of Scott Reed as a Senior Political Strategist and the promotion of Rob Engstrom to Senior Vice President of Political Affairs and Federation Relations.
“Never has the voice of business been more important than in the upcoming election,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “With Scott and Rob leading a respected brand like the Chamber, we’re assured that our voice will be heard and voters will learn where candidates stand on issues impacting businesses.”
Reed was previously Executive Director and later Chief Operating Officer of the Republican National Committee during the 1993 and 1994 elections. He also served as national campaign manager for Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign. He currently is chairman of Chesapeake Enterprises, a Washington-based consulting firm specializing in federal and state legislative, regulatory, and governmental matters for corporate clients.
After being named a 2009 Rising Star by Campaigns & Elections’ Politics magazine, Engstrom helped spearhead the Chamber’s aggressive and successful presence in the 2010 midterm elections, as 87 percent of the Chamber-endorsed candidates in House and Senate races won.
Prior to arriving in the Chamber’s Political Affairs and Federation Relations Division, Engstrom served in the Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) as Senior Vice President for Political and State Affairs. Before joining the Chamber, he was at the Republican National Committee (RNC) from 1998 to 2002, serving as Director of Political Education. He was responsible for helping build the Republican Party at the federal, state, and local levels. Prior to the RNC, he worked with former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s campaign in Roswell, Georgia.
Reed will leverage his decades of campaign experience to guide the Chamber’s voter education efforts, including the national political strategy and advertising efforts. As National Political Director, Engstrom will lead the day-to-day operations of the Chamber’s political, grassroots, and election-related activities. This includes member activities for the Chamber Federation, the thousands of state, local, and metro chambers of commerce and hundreds of trade and professional associations.