Former Nevada Congressman Horsford among two political hires by gaming association

Former U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford addresses Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., at a public meeting about the conservation of Southern Nevada’s public lands on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.

Former Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford has been hired by the American Gaming Association, the Washington, D.C.-based casino lobbying group said today.

Horsford will be a strategic communications consultant for the gaming association, and his work will include helping the group’s efforts around diversity and workforce development. He was elected to represent Nevada’s 4th Congressional District in 2012 but lost his re-election bid to challenger Cresent Hardy last year.

Horsford said in a statement that he looks forward to shaping the corporate social responsibility practices of gaming companies, as well as “ensuring policymakers know that casinos are good corporate citizens.”

Earlier this year, Horsford created the firm R&R Resources+, which handles communications and workforce strategy, among other things. MGM Resorts International hired R&R Resources+ to help brand the casino it is building in Prince George’s County, Md., near the nation’s capital.

R&R Partners, the Las Vegas firm behind the famous “What happens here, stays here” campaign, is a minority investor in R&R Resources+. Horsford launched his career at that firm in 1996.

Horsford is not the only political veteran the gaming association is bringing on board.

The association also announced today that Eloy Martinez, a former Capitol Hill staffer, has been hired as senior director of government relations. Martinez’s work will include advancing the group’s political agenda and working with lawmakers on “matters related to diversity and community and social responsibility,” the gaming association said. His background includes working for the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee under the leadership of Nevada Sen. Harry Reid and others.

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