Drug lobby official joins Rep. Bono Mack's office

Ken Johnson, a top spokesman for the prescription drug lobby for the past five years, has joined the office of Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) as senior adviser for policy and communications.

Johnson was hired to help Bono Mack, the chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, with legislation to create jobs, the congresswoman said.

"As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee since 2001, I have known and respected Ken for nearly a decade," Bono Mack said in a statement. "He has a proven track record for getting things done, and he has worked tirelessly on issues that deeply impact people all across America. I am thrilled to have him on our team."

Prior to joining Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Johnson served as the deputy chief of staff and top spokesman for the Energy and Commerce Committee from 2001 to 2004. Before then, he served on the staff of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security and was a TV news reporter prior to going to work on Capitol Hill.