Senior Boehner aide becomes lobbyist for Delta

Kinzel joined BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerGOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan Can Jim Jordan become top House Republican? Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE’s office in 2009, after leaving the Republican National Committee, where he served as the liaison between the organization and congressional leaders. Before that, he worked in the government affairs at Case New Holland and within the George W. Bush administration.

He describes joining Delta as “humbling and thrilling,” in a statement from Boehner’s office.

The Speaker said he is “sorry to lose him,” but “wishes him all the best.”

“For years, I’ve relied on Will to deal with some of the toughest issues facing the House, and he’s always had the right mix of policy and political savvy to get the job done,” Boehner said.

At least four key staffers from “Boehnerland” have left since last year, including Brett Loper, the Speaker’s former deputy chief of staff who went to American Express in June. 

Experience working for the House leader can be profitable for those looking to switch careers; senior Boehner aides can garner six-figure starting salaries up to $400,000 in the private sector, The Hill reported earlier this year.

Delta spent more than $4.2 million to lobby the federal government throughout 2012 and the first half of this year, according to disclosure records.

In addition to their in-house crew, the airline currently has four outside firms to assist its advocacy efforts, including Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, which employs another former Boehner aide, Danielle Maurer.

Among the issues Delta works to influence are federal regulations — including legislation that would change the rest requirement rules for flight crews — and the budgets of the Transportation Department and the Department of Homeland Security. The company earned almost $27 million from defense contracts in 2012, according to data compiled by the General Services Administration.