Lobbying world

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• Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld snagged Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanHillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Bipartisan group of senators introduces legislation to boost state cybersecurity leadership Senate approves Trump trade deal with Canada, Mexico 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.

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• Landon Stropko, who most recently served as the legislative director for Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziJuan Williams: Counting the votes to remove Trump Liz Cheney decides against Senate bid in Wyoming Overnight Defense: Senate sends 8B defense bill to Trump | Bill establishes Space Force, federal paid parental leave | House approves .4T spending package 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 LummisLiz Cheney decides against Senate bid in Wyoming Liz Cheney leads GOP field by 20 points in potential Wyoming Senate race: poll Liz Cheney and Rand Paul extend war of words 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 KlobucharNew York Times editor: Warren, Klobuchar endorsement reflects 'extremely divided' Democratic Party Biden leads Democratic primary field in Iowa: poll Bloomberg says he would vote to convict Trump if he were a senator MORE (D-Minn.).