Top Ways and Means Republican staffer joining lobbying firm

Top Ways and Means Republican staffer joining lobbying firm
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A congressional aide who played a key role in Republicans' successful efforts to pass tax-overhaul legislation is leaving Capitol Hill to join Squire Patton Boggs, the lobbying firm announced Monday.

David Stewart, staff director for Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee, has been named a principal in the firm's public policy practice and will start there toward the end of the month.

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Stewart joined the Ways and Means Committee staff in 2015, shortly after Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyFirst major 'Medicare for All' hearing sharpens attacks on both sides First major 'Medicare for All' hearing sharpens attacks on both sides House passes bipartisan IRS reform bill without 'Free File' provision MORE (R-Texas) became the panel's chairman. In his job at Ways and Means, Stewart oversaw the professional staff for the panel, which has jurisdiction over trade and health care in addition to taxes.

In a 2016 interview with The Hill, Stewart said he had a love of the committee "because it is the epitome of the institution within the institution.”

“It’s always got strong members, a really broad issue base of really important issues that affect every American,” he said. 

Prior to working at Ways and Means, Stewart worked for then-House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerTed Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists Ted Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists Rep. Amash stokes talk of campaign against Trump MORE (R-Ohio), who now works at Squire Patton Boggs himself. Stewart also previously worked for former Rep. Phil English (R-Pa.) and on Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney jokes about his multiple houses while arguing against tying lawmaker pay to budget Romney jokes about his multiple houses while arguing against tying lawmaker pay to budget Republicans more interested in a primary challenge to Trump than Democrats were for Obama in 2012 MORE's 2012 presidential campaign.

BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerTed Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists Ted Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists Rep. Amash stokes talk of campaign against Trump MORE said in a statement that Stewart "will be an enormous asset to Squire Patton Boggs and its clients as businesses around the world seek to understand the changes taking place in US economic policy, anticipate what’s coming next, and make an impact in Washington.”

Both Brady and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump says Democrats are handing out subpoenas 'like they're cookies' The unexpected shadow of 1994, 25 years later Addressing climate change is a win for Republicans — why not embrace it? MORE (R-Wis.) praised Stewart's work on the tax bill and other issues.

David has been an invaluable source of strategic counsel and advice, not just to my chairmanship, but to the entire Congress," Brady said. "He played a central, crucial role in passing the first tax reform in a generation." 

Ryan said that Stewart "is a special talent, and the House owes him greatly for his service.