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Rob Engstrom is senior vice president and the national political director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is responsible for directing the Chamber’s national political, grassroots, and election-related activities.
In 2014, Engstrom oversaw the most aggressive voter education campaign in U.S. Chamber history, which led to the largest pro-business majority in the House of Representatives since 1928 and the first pro-business majority in the Senate since 2006.
Building on this accomplishment, Engstrom spearheaded the U.S. Chamber’s successful 2016 election efforts to grow the pro-business majority in the House of Representatives and maintain the pro-business majority in the Senate. He directed the largest and most sophisticated get-out-the-vote effort in U.S. Chamber history and helped secure victories for 95 percent of U.S. Chamber-endorsed candidates.
Engstrom manages all member activities for the Chamber’s Federation, which includes thousands of state, local, and metro chambers of commerce and hundreds of trade and professional associations. He oversees the Association Committee of 100, the most prestigious group of association CEOs and executives in the country; the Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, an elite group of the nation’s leading chamber CEOs; the Institute for Organization Management, the nation’s premier nonprofit executive training program; and the Chamber’s Accreditation Program.
Previously, Engstrom served as senior vice president of Political and State Affairs for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). He directed all state-level voter education, grassroots, and advocacy efforts. He was the chief liaison between ILR and state chambers of commerce.
Before joining the Chamber, Engstrom was director of the Division of Political Education at the Republican National Committee (RNC) from 1998 to 2002, including a five-week stint on the Florida recount team for then-President-elect George W. Bush. Prior to the RNC, he worked on former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s campaign in Roswell, Georgia.
Engstrom serves on the Management Committee at the U.S. Chamber and on the boards of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, the Council of State Chambers, and the Public Affairs Council.
In 2013, Engstrom was recognized as one of the top 50 Influencers of the 2014 election cycle by Campaigns & Elections: The Magazine for People in Politics. In 2009, Engstrom was recognized as a “Rising Star” by the same magazine. Past rising stars include James Carville, Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Ed Gillespie, Laura Ingraham, and George Stephanopoulos.
Engstrom resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Celina. He was raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and is a graduate of Baylor University in Texas.
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