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U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte’s chief of staff has been appointed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development director of Montana.

USDA announced directors of Rural Development and Farm Service agencies late Friday. Charles Robison will direct the Rural Development program in Montana.

Robison leaves Gianforte's staff after the first five months of the Bozeman Republicans' term.

Robison was also U.S. Sen. Steve Daines’ state director for four years, starting when Daines was in the House. The Republican senator issued a statement congratulating Robison.

“Charles understands the unique needs of Montana’s farmers and ranchers and will be a great advocate for them at USDA,” Daines said.

Robison has also previously worked with Attorney General Tim Fox at the Helena law firm Gough, Shanahan, Johnson and Waterman. Robison has a law degree and MBA from the University of Montana. He has a bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College in Michigan.

The Bozeman native previously worked in the Montana secretary of state's office.