Top GOP House aide goes to K Street

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“Phil is a thirty-year Hill veteran with a proven ability to tackle complex issues and is an outstanding addition to our team,” said Jim Free, the firm’s president & CEO, in a statement. “His extensive knowledge on issues such as financial services, intellectual property, immigration reform and cyber security, together with his understanding of the legislative and regulatory processes, will certainly benefit our clients. We are excited to have him join our firm.” 

Kiko has lobbied before as a member of Foley and Lardner’s public affairs group. He also worked for the House Judiciary Committee, holding positions including chief of staff and general counsel, and working on the Patriot Act and legislation dealing with immigration reform and patent reform. 

Kiko has also been chief of staff for Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), along with other positions on Capitol Hill.

The Smith-Free Group has a solid lobbying practice, making almost $5.9 million in lobbying fees for 2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The firm represented blue-chip companies last year, such as Bank of America, MasterCard and Sony Pictures Entertainment.