Speaker Boehner's right-hand man heads to K Street in blockbuster hire

Barry Jackson, a long-time senior adviser to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), is heading to K Street.

Jackson has agreed to join Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as a strategic adviser, delivering a coup to one of the top-earning lobby firms in Washington.

The blockbuster hire brings a premier Republican name in Washington politics to the firm. In Jackson, Brownstein Hyatt will have one of the Speaker’s longest-serving and most trusted aides, giving the firm access and insight into the House GOP majority that few can match.

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Jackson managed Boehner’s first House campaign in 1990 and served as the Ohio Republican’s chief of staff for 10 years. He also worked in the White House as a senior aide to former President George W. Bush during his two terms.

Jackson returned to the House in January 2010 as Boehner’s chief of staff after the lawmaker’s top aide, Paula Nowakowski, passed away. He held that position until June last year.

Brownstein Hyatt is a firm on the rise, and was one of the few big shops to see growth in lobbying revenue last year. It reported earning $22.5 million in lobbying fees for 2012 — a 2 percent jump over its take for 2011.

The firm also announced that it has hired Elizabeth Maier, who was former Sen. Jon Kyl’s (R-Ariz.) legislative director.

Maier joined the firm on Feb. 25 and is a policy director at Brownstein Hyatt.

Jackson’s first day at the firm is scheduled for this Friday, March 1.

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