Lobbying World

Lobbying World
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• BGR Group hired Matt Hoffman to serve as a vice president, and he will join the law and lobbying firm on May 14. He most recently worked as a policy director on the Senate Finance Committee. Prior to that, he worked for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPelosi, Schumer: Trump 'desperate' to put focus on immigration, not health care Trump urges Dems to help craft new immigration laws: ‘Chuck & Nancy, call me!' Sanders, Harris set to criss-cross Iowa MORE (R-Wis.) and had other senior roles on the House Ways and Means Committee, the House Budget Committee and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyPoll: Support growing for Utah's Medicaid expansion ballot measure Arizona Dems hope higher Latino turnout will help turn the state blue Trump changes tone on Saudi Arabia amid mounting pressure MORE’s 2012 presidential campaign.

• Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), who recently served as a partner at McGuireWoods, has joined the law firm Cozen O’Connor as counsel and as a senior adviser to its advocacy arm, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies. In 2016, he made an unsuccessful run for his old Indiana Senate seat, which he held from 1999 to 2011.


• The Williams Group is bringing on Joseph Vaughan to serve as managing director of federal and state government relations. Before that, he was the managing director of federal government relations for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.

• The law and lobby firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld hired Christina Carrica Haley as a senior policy adviser. She was the chief executive of Connectiva, a political consulting and fundraising firm, and also served as the national Latino finance director for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot Gabbard considering 2020 run: report Claiming 'spousal privilege' to stonewall Congress MORE’s 2016 run for the White House.

• Robert Lewis Jr. is now a vice president in the federal relations department of the American Council of Life Insurers. He previously led the lobbying shop at the Financial Services Institute.

• W. Ross Ashley III has been named the vice president of government affairs and federal markets for Payfone, a company that runs an identity authentication network. He comes from SAP National Security Services and previously worked as an assistant administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, among other private and public sector roles.

• Elisa Massimino, who has led Human Rights First for a decade, is stepping down as of July 1. She is heading to Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she will serve as a senior fellow. She started as a staff attorney at the organization in 1991 and assisted with the opening of its Washington office. She was named CEO in 2008.