By Brendan Sasso - 09/24/13 09:25 PM EDT
President Obama on Tuesday nominated Catherine Ann Novelli, the head of Apple's worldwide lobbying efforts, to a State Department post.
Novelli would serve as the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, putting her in charge of the department's efforts to promote economic growth and handle policy on energy, agriculture, oceans and technology.
Although Apple is one of the world's largest companies, it has kept a relatively low-profile in Washington. It has spent only $1.4 million on lobbying in the first half of this year, compared with Google's $6.7 million.