Lobbying world

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• Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld snagged Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanFighting the opioid epidemic: Congress can't just pass laws, but must also push to enforce them The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Rising number of GOP lawmakers criticize Trump remarks about minority Dems MORE’s (R-Ohio) tax counsel, hiring Zachary Rudisill as a partner in the firm’s public law and policy practice. Rudisill had worked for Portman since 2014, including handling his trade policy portfolio. 

• Morgan Lewis hired Ryan Kantor, former assistant chief of the Justice Department’s Healthcare and Consumer Products Section of the Antitrust Division, to serve as a partner in its Washington office. 

• John Wood has been named the chief legal officer and general counsel of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and begins in the role on June 4. He comes from Hughes Hubbard & Reed.

• Landon Stropko, who most recently served as the legislative director for Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziLawmakers concede they might have to pass a dreaded 'CR' Bottom Line Former GOP Rep. Cynthia Lummis files to run for Wyoming Senate seat MORE (R-Wyo.), has joined Invariant. He has a 14-year tenure on Capitol Hill, previously working as the chief of staff and legislative director for former Rep. Cynthia LummisCynthia Marie LummisFormer GOP Rep. Cynthia Lummis files to run for Wyoming Senate seat Former Wyoming GOP lawmaker mulling Senate bid to replace Enzi Liz Cheney faces a big decision on her future MORE (R-Wyo.) and as a legislative assistant for former Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-Wyo.).

• Strategic communications firm Blue Engine Message & Media added three new staffers to its team. The first is Kevin Lewis, a former spokesman at the White House and Justice Department during the Obama administration who helped establish communications for former President Obama after he left office. The second is Will Mesinger, who previously worked at Signal Group and has also worked in the State Department and on Capitol Hill. The third hire is Alyson Chwatek, who comes from lobbying firm S-3 Public Affairs and previously worked at the bipartisan political group No Labels.

• Greenberg Traurig hired Jonathan Becker as a shareholder in the firm’s government law and policy practice. He comes from bipartisan firm Invariant, where he oversaw the judiciary and telecommunications practice group. Prior to that, he served as a public policy consultant to Delta Air Lines and, before that, was chief of staff to Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage Protect American patients and innovation from a harmful MedTech Tax increase MORE (D-Minn.).