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• Steptoe & Johnson has snagged George Callas, the former senior tax counsel to Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Paul Ryan says Biden likely won't get Democratic nomination Judd Gregg: Honey, I Shrunk The Party MORE (R-Wis.), for its public policy and tax groups. He will also serve as a managing director in the firm’s Washington office. Callas had been with Ryan since 2015 and before that worked for the House Ways and Means Committee.

• Grass-roots advocacy firm Locust Street has hired Leah Ferguson to serve as a senior director of communications. Before that, she worked at Hanover Communications in the United Arab Emirates.

• Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has added two to its team: Charlie Iovino and Radha Mohan have joined the firm’s government relations department. They both come from McGuireWoods. Iovino has also worked for Aetna and Exxon Mobil. Mohan has experience at Bloomberg BNA in its state tax department. Brownstein, a law and lobbying firm, has also merged with law firm Schwartz Flansburg, which is based in Las Vegas.

• Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies is bringing on Julia Ciarlo Hammond and Ryan O’Toole to serve in its government relations team. Both are joining from Eckert Seamans. They will also both work in Cozen’s Richmond, Va., office. Hammond previously worked as the director of legislative affairs and policy for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) from 2011 to 2014. O’Toole’s résumé includes work as a policy adviser to former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D).

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• The former Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, Bill Howell (R), joined McGuireWoods Consulting as a senior adviser. Although it is the advocacy arm of law firm McGuireWoods, Howell will not be lobbying, the firm says. He served as Speaker from 2003 to 2018 and was elected to the state legislature in 1987.

• Todd Wooten of public affairs firm S-3 Group is now working within the government affairs shop for the National Football League. On Capitol Hill, he served in senior roles for various Senate panels and as legislative director for Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowOn The Money: GAO to investigate Trump aid for farmers | Bloomberg calls for bolstering Dodd-Frank | Where the 2020 Democrats stand on taxes GAO launches investigation into Trump aid for farmers Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength MORE (D-Mich.).

• Purple Strategies gained Jordan Langdon as an account director. Prior to that, she served as Sen. Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranThe Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' The 8 Republicans who voted to curb Trump's Iran war powers MORE’s (R-Kan.) deputy communications director.