Lobbying World

• Howard Dean will serve as an independent consultant to the government affairs practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge. Once the governor of Vermont, Dean is the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and ran for president in 2004.

• Jon C. Porter has joined Akerman Senterfitt as the firm’s director of public policy. Porter was a Republican House member and was considered a top challenger to Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThis obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all Sharron Angle to challenge GOP rep in Nevada Fox's Watters asks Trump whom he would fire: Baldwin, Schumer or Zucker MORE (D-Nev.) in his reelection bid this year.

• Andrew C. von Eschenbach has joined Greenleaf Health as a senior adviser. Von Eschenbach recently stepped down as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

• Thomas Barker has joined Foley Hoag. Barker was the former acting general counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services. He will be a partner in the firm’s healthcare and life-sciences practices.

• Payson R. Peabody has been hired by Dykema as of counsel to the firm’s tax practice group. Peabody was tax counsel for Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee.

• Ronald J. Tenpas has joined Morgan Lewis and will work in the firm’s litigation practice. Tenpas was the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s environment and natural resources division.

• Moira Whelan has joined the Department of Homeland Security as its new director of strategic communications. Whelan formerly was director of strategy and outreach at the National Security Network.