Jose Oliva taps Jason Rojas for key staff position, putting him on track for chief of staff

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Jason Rojas is set to be Jose Oliva‘s chief of staff when Oliva takes over as Speaker of the House for 2018-20.

Rojas, recently a staff director in the Florida House, will start August 1 at the Republican Party of Florida, where he will serve in a policy development role that is a stepping stone to eventually leading the Speaker’s Office.

Oliva said Thursday that he has tasked Rojas with “building a strong conservative agenda” while at the Florida GOP. It’s only natural, Oliva said, that after building that agenda, Rojas would be tapped to be the top staffer to implement it.

Oliva, a Miami Lakes Republican, will succeed Richard Corcoran as House Speaker, assuming the GOP maintains its majority in the chamber.

Rojas, who got his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida, has worked for the House in various roles since 2008, according to his LinkedIn page. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2003.

He also was a lawyer for the state’s Public Service Commission and the executive director for the Florida Hispanic Legislative Caucus.

Rojas is the son of former state Rep. Luis Rojas of Miami.

“Jason is a great guy—he’s smart, capable and he knows The Process,” said Ramon Maury, a lobbyist with almost three decades’ experience in the Capitol. “I am thrilled for him. The institution will only benefit from this selection.”

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