Former Ryan aide moves to K street

Brendan Buck, a former counselor to ex-Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanEmbattled Juul seeks allies in Washington Ex-Parkland students criticize Kellyanne Conway Latina leaders: 'It's a women's world more than anything' MORE (R-Wis.), is joining Blue Engine Message & Media + JDA Frontline as a partner.

While with Ryan, Buck led messaging and communications strategy. He also previously worked as the press secretary for former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbyists race to cash in on cannabis boom Rising star Ratcliffe faces battle to become Trump's intel chief This little engine delivers results for DC children MORE (R-Ohio).


Blue Engine + JDA is a D.C.-based strategic communications and public affairs firm. Blue Engine and JDA merged in October 2018 and the firm currently has 25 people on their team.

“Blue Engine + JDA is home to a deep, talented team and an equally impressive roster of clients,” Buck said in a press release. “This firm operates at a high level, and I’m eager to get to work with my new colleagues to help our clients achieve their communications goals.”

While working with Ryan, Buck worked on the messaging behind the GOP tax bill. He has also worked for the House Ways and Means Committee and for now-Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' Tlaib says she won't visit Israel after being treated like 'a criminal' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE (R-Calif.), ex-Rep. Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PricePress: Acosta, latest to walk the plank 'I alone can fix it,' Trump said, but has he? Chaotic Trump transition leaks: Debates must tackle how Democrats will govern differently MORE (R-Ga.) and Rep. Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenLawmakers call on Trump to keep tech legal shield out of trade talks House passes anti-robocall bill Lawmakers deride FTC settlement as weak on Facebook MORE (R-Ore.).

Buck joins a list of Ryan aides who since moved into positions on K street following the Speaker's retirement in January.

Former senior adviser to the Speaker Joyce Meyer is the executive vice president of government relations for the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) and former general counsel, Mark Epley, is the executive vice president and general counsel of Managed Funds Association.