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•Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld hired President Obama’s liaison to the Senate, Ed Pagano, as a partner in the firm’s public law and policy practice in Washington. He most recently worked as the White House deputy assistant to the president for legislative affairs, but also served in the office of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) for almost 20 years, most recently as his chief of staff.
 
•Ogilvy Government Relations hired Karissa Willhite to serve as a principal. She comes from Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-N.J.) office, where she served as deputy chief of staff for policy. She worked with the senator on the Senate Finance, Banking and Foreign Relations committees. Willhite served as the staff director of the Democratic Caucus Health Care Task Force and as the deputy executive director and policy director of the House Democratic Caucus.
 

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•Jeff Weintraub has launched Weintraub Communications, which he says will help nongovernmental organizations, trade groups and companies “boost their public policy advocacy and burnish their public profiles.” He has more than 20 years of experience, most recently at FleishmanHillard, where he spent 13 years in the firm’s public affairs practice. Weintraub also spent more than a decade at the American Jewish Committee in both Washington and Chicago.
 
•The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) promoted two members of their legislative affairs shop. Brad Cheney and Len Wolfson have each gone from director of legislative affairs to associate vice presidents of the department. Cheney joined the trade group in 2009, after serving as chief of staff to Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.). He also worked at Glover Park Group and as a top aide to then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.). Wolfson came to MBA in 2008. Before that, he worked as the deputy assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental relations at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
 
•Vince Frillici left Patton Boggs to become a managing director in Mercury’s Washington office. He spent five years at Patton as a lobbyist and senior policy adviser in the firm’s tax public policy practice. From 2001-2008, he served as national finance director to former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.). At Mercury, Frillici will work on public affairs as well as government relations strategy.