Dennis Ross, with GrayRobinson

Former Republican U.S. congressman Dennis Ross has joined GrayRobinson’s Lakeland office in an of counsel role.

“Dennis has represented Floridians at the highest levels of government for almost two decades,” said Mayanne Downs, president and managing director of GrayRobinson, in a statement. “Dennis’ experience and reputation in both Florida and Washington will further enhance our abilities to accelerate our business growth and advance our clients’ interests. We’re honored to have him on our GR team.”

Ross served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011 to 2019, and in the Florida House of Representatives for eight years before that. In Congress, he served as deputy majority whip and as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services. Joining Florida Republicans Thomas Rooney and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ross announced in April of last year that he would not run for re-election. Tampa attorney Ross Spano now holds his seat representing the 15th District.

Ross will work with the GrayRobinson’s state and federal lobbying teams, though due to federal regulations he cannot lobby members of the U.S. Congress until Jan. 4, 2020.

“Ensuring a strong, growth-oriented vision for Florida’s future has been at the forefront of every decision that I make, and cornerstone to my choice to join GrayRobinson at this critical time,” said Ross in a statement. “I look forward to being a part of the team that is making such a tremendous impact for Floridians.”

The addition for GrayRobinson comes at the heels of the Orlando-based firm’s acquisition of a Eris Group, a Washington, D.C., boutique lobbying group lead by a former chief of staff to the former Florida Attorney General and Congressman Bill McCollum. The deal was GrayRobinson’s first move outside of Florida.

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