White House aide moves to lobbying firm

White House aide moves to lobbying firm
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Joseph Lai, special assistant to the president for legislative affairs, will join BGR Government Affairs as a vice president.

Lai will focus on trade and defense issues, effective later this month. He left the White House in early August and there has been no announcement yet of his replacement.

He has worked for President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE since Jan. 2017 when he led outreach to the Senate on economic issues. Recently, he has been focused on passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and tariffs.

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“Joe has earned the trust of his colleagues in the Administration as well as with Senators and their policy staff. His substantive experience working to advance pro-growth economic policies will add tremendous value to our work for clients,” former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, founding partner at BGR, said in a press release. 

“His unique ability to discuss the development of legislative strategy between the Senate Republican majority and the White House will provide crucial insights,” Barbour said.

Prior to the White House, Lai worked as legislative director and military legislative assistant to Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet Tech giants defend efforts against extremist content The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation MORE (R-Miss.) and worked for ex-Sens. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) and Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelWhite House aide moves to lobbying firm Overnight Defense: US, Russia tensions grow over nuclear arms | Highlights from Esper's Asia trip | Trump strikes neutral tone on Hong Kong protests | General orders ethics review of special forces Five takeaways from Pentagon chief's first major trip MORE (R-Neb.). 

“BGR is a global powerhouse,” Lai said in a press release. “Their team is among the most prepared and trusted advocates in Washington.”

BGR is a bipartisan lobbying firm and public relations firm.

Lai joins other Trump alums at lobbying firms, including former senior director on the National Security Council Jennifer Arangio, who is the vice president of Federal Advocates, and former White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah, who co-lead the strategic communications division of Ballard Partners before moving to Fox.