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Personnel note: Former Rick Scott admin staffer Marlene Williams to lead GM’s Florida lobbying efforts

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A former legislative affairs director in the Rick Scott administration is heading to General Motors to head the automobile giant’s lobbying efforts in Florida.

Marlene Williams, 28, will be the new southeast regional manager of state government relations, effective March 16. Williams’s role will be to direct state legislative issues affecting GM in the Southeast Region.

Based in Tallahassee, Williams will also be responsible for GM’s state government lobbying in Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina.

“Marlene’s experience dealing with key state policy issues in the Legislature will be invaluable to advancing GM’s state policy priorities and strengthening the company’s position in the Southeast Region,” said Eric Henning, GM’s regional director of state government relations.

Previously, Williams served as director of legislative affairs for the Florida Department of Management Services, acting as the department’s chief lobbyist.

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