Senate aide who helped save Export-Import Bank lands job at agency

A Senate aide who worked on the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank has left Capitol Hill to manage congressional affairs for the agency.

Erin Gulick began working for Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellHillicon Valley: Lawmakers target Chinese tech giants | Dems move to save top cyber post | Trump gets a new CIA chief | Ryan delays election security briefing | Twitter CEO meets lawmakers Twitter CEO meets with lawmakers to talk net neutrality, privacy Senate Dems urge Trump to remain in Iran deal ahead of announcement MORE (D-Wash.) in 2011, first as a legislative assistant before becoming her senior adviser.

The Ex-Im Bank confirmed hiring Gulick but did not have a statement when contacted by The Hill.

According to Capitol Strategies, a political intelligence and government affairs firm, Gulick “shepherded” the Senate strategy this year for reauthorizing Ex-Im's charter, which otherwise would have expired Oct. 1

After months of debate, Congress last month voted to renew the Export-Import Bank through June 30, 2015. The bank provides financing to promote U.S. exports.

Conservatives resisted reauthorizing the bank, calling the agency an example of “crony capitalism,” and have vowed to press on in their fight to disband it.

Business groups say ending the agency would put them at a disadvantage against foreign rivals who receive government assistance. 

Cantwell is one of the leading champions in Congress of the bank. Boeing, the biggest beneficiary of Ex-Im financing, manufactures planes in her state.