Ryan staffers heading to K Street

Two of Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan moving family to Washington Embattled Juul seeks allies in Washington Ex-Parkland students criticize Kellyanne Conway MORE's leadership staffers this week announced they are heading to jobs on K Street, as the speaker prepares to leave office and with House Democrats taking control in January.

Senior Advisor to the Speaker Joyce Meyer will be the executive vice president of government relations for the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), starting Jan. 31, ACLI announced.

Ryan is Meyer’s hometown member of Congress and she worked for him over 18 years in senior staff roles, including as staff director of the Ways and Means Committee, traveling staff on the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign and chief of staff in his personal office.


Meyer was named deputy chief of staff to the speaker and then left Capitol Hill for a stint at the Trump White House where she served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy director in the Office of Legislative Affairs. She returned to the speaker’s office as senior advisor in October.

The speaker’s general counsel, Mark Epley, will be the executive vice president and general counsel of Managed Funds Association, which represents the global hedge fund industry, starting Feb. 19.

Epley also came to the speaker’s office from the Ways and Means Committee where he was general counsel.

Other high-profile Ryan aides have also made plans to exit as the speaker prepares to hand back his gavel.

Ryan spokesman Doug Andres announced on Nov. 30 that he would step down but has not revealed his next step.

Others didn’t wait until the end of the year to make a move.

George Callas, Ryan’s former senior tax counsel, joined Steptoe’s Government Affairs & Public Policy and Tax Groups in July. He is managing the firm’s D.C. office.

Callas was among the wave of House and Senate Republican staffers who helped draft and pass the Republican tax bill who flocked to K Street after their legislative victory.

Even with Congress in the middle of a spending fight, Ryan has already been touting his legacy. On Wednesday, he delivered a farewell address from the Great Hall of the Library of Congress.

More Ryan staffers are expected to announce their moves in the coming weeks.

“It’s a difficult transition, but it can be very rewarding,” CGCN Group founder and partner Sam Geduldig told The Hill about jumping from the Capitol to K Street.

Geduldig worked 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) from 1997 to 2000 and for then-House Majority Whip Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntEx-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity GOP group targets McConnell over election security bills in new ad Budget deal sparks scramble to prevent shutdown MORE (R-Mo.), who is now in the Senate, until 2006.

Similar to Ryan staffers, Geduldig had left the Hill after Republicans lost their House majority.