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• R&R Partners is acquiring the Washington practice of Gallatin Public Affairs. In turn, three new members are joining its government-relations team: Joe Hardy, Ethan Saxon and Sara Bartles. Hardy has served as a top aide to Rep. Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithLeon Panetta’s nightmare is today's national security crisis Trump and Congress on collision course with military spending Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny MORE (D-Wash.) and Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerFox's Ingraham transitioning longtime radio show to podcast Former Dem aide makes first court appearance on charges of posting GOP senators' info online Ex-House intern charged with 'doxing' GOP senators during Kavanaugh hearing MORE (D-Calif.). Saxton was a principal with Gallatin before joining the firm and has worked with Del. Madeleine BordalloMadeleine Mary BordalloGuam New Members 2019 Overnight Defense: VA pick breezes through confirmation hearing | House votes to move on defense bill negotiations | Senate bill would set 'stringent' oversight on North Korea talks 5 things to know about Guam MORE (D-Guam) and former Rep. Jim Maloney (D-Conn.). Bartles also worked for Gallatin and was the legislative director for the Republican Majority for Choice.

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• Penny Lee has been hired by Venn Strategies. Lee comes from the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems wonder if Sherrod Brown could be their magic man Nevada New Members 2019 Meet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time MORE (D-Nev.). She was a senior adviser for communications and outreach during the last Congress, managing Reid’s message and collaboration with the Senate Democratic Conference.

• Randel K. Johnson has been appointed to the ERISA Advisory Council. At the council, Johnson will advise the Labor secretary on issues relating to pensions and healthcare. Johnson is vice president for labor policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Before coming to the Chamber in 1997, Johnson was the Republican labor counsel and coordinator for the House Education and Workforce Committee and also was a Labor Department attorney.

• Alissa Fox will now be the senior vice president of the office of policy and representation at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). Fox most recently served as vice president of legislative and regulatory policy at BCBSA. Prior to coming to the association, Fox spent a decade at the Department of Health and Human Services.

• Thomas J. Lang and Jonathan L. Snare have joined Morgan Lewis and will work in the firm’s Washington office. Lang is a senior trial counsel for the Federal Trade Commission. Snare is the deputy solicitor of labor at the Labor Department.