Ryan staffers heading to K Street

Two of Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanKenosha will be a good bellwether in 2020 At indoor rally, Pence says election runs through Wisconsin Juan Williams: Breaking down the debates 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 BoehnerLongtime House parliamentarian to step down Five things we learned from this year's primaries Bad blood between Pelosi, Meadows complicates coronavirus talks MORE (R-Ohio) from 1997 to 2000 and for then-House Majority Whip Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntCDC tells Congress it urgently needs billion for vaccine distribution On The Money: Trump undercuts GOP, calls for bigger COVID-19 relief package | Communities of color hit hardest financially by COVID-19 | Businesses, states pass on Trump payroll tax deferral Trump undercuts GOP, calls for bigger COVID-19 relief package 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.