Ex-Sen. Norm Coleman leaving leadership role at lobbying firm

Ex-Sen. Norm Coleman leaving leadership role at lobbying firm
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Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) is leaving his role as the leader of Hogan Lovells’s Government Relations and Public Affairs practice and will be replaced by Ivan Zapien, the firm announced on Friday. 

Zapien has been a partner at Hogan Lovells since 2017. He previously led corporate affairs for Mexico and Central America for Walmart and before that was Walmart’s chief D.C. lobbyist.

He also was chief of staff for Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezKasie Hunt to host lead-in show for MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' Senators ask for removal of tariffs on EU food, wine, spirits: report VOA visa decision could hobble Venezuela coverage MORE (D-N.J.) and director of outreach for the House Democratic Caucus.

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He officially replaced Coleman and his administrative partner Robert Kyle on Jan. 1. 

“We are grateful for the path forged by Norm and Bob in the last few years, where they have skillfully integrated our deep political and policy capabilities into our already strong regulatory practice, and I look forward to watching Ivan take us to the next level,” Alice Valder Curran, leader of the firm’s Global Regulatory practice group, said in a press release.

Zapien has Walmart as a client as well as ZTE Corp, Rural Media Group and 5G Everywhere in America, among others.

Coleman and Kyle took over the practice in 2017 and hired Zapien. They both plan to remain active members of the practice. 

Coleman lost his reelection to the Senate in 2008 and has worked at Hogan and Lovells since 2011. 

“From time-to-time we take a hard look at whether everyone’s talents are being used in the most productive possible way, and we determined that Sen. Coleman better served the practice by simply being Norm and having more time to devote himself to advocating for our clients," Zapien told The Hill in a statement.

"Similarly we agreed that with my background as a former chief of staff in both the House and the Senate, I was particularly well-suited for handling the blocking and tackling that comes with running an international government relations practice,” Zapien added.