K Street shop bolsters ties to Senate Dems

K Street’s Alpine Group has landed a pair of Capitol Hill aides with ties to Senate Democrats.

Lauren Bazel has joined the firm as a vice president. She is a former senior adviser to several senators — including John KerryJohn Forbes KerryLobbying world Kerry: Trump not pursuing 'smart' or 'clever' plan on North Korea Tillerson will not send high-ranking delegation to India with Ivanka Trump: report MORE (Mass.), Mo Cowan (Mass.) and Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Week ahead: Trump expected to shrink two national monuments Live coverage: Senate Republicans pass tax bill MORE (Wash.) — and was an associate director for government affairs at the Center for American Progress. Bazel will help expand Alpine’s practice in tax, trade and finance policy.

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Sheila Kennett joined Alpine as its director of operations and client services. Kennett was director of scheduling and operations for Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerOvernight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term Obama to preserve torture report in presidential papers MORE (D-W.Va.) as well as a scheduler for ex-Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.). She also was director of member services at The Health Management Academy.

“We are excited to have both Lauren and Sheila both with such extensive experience, high skill and strong reputations join the firm,” said Greg Means, principal and chief financial officer of Alpine, in a statement.

“Alpine Group is committed to growing and improving our client services by bringing on the most experienced and qualified professionals available. We’re thrilled to have Lauren and Sheila join our team.”

Alpine Group has made more than $7.8 million in lobbying fees for the first three quarters of 2013, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. BP, Duke Energy, Ford Motor Company and Nike are among Alpine’s corporate clients.