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• Steptoe & Johnson has snagged George Callas, the former senior tax counsel to Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanElection Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight Paul Ryan to campaign for 25 vulnerable House Republicans GOP super PAC pushes back on report it skipped ad buys for California's Rohrabacher, Walters 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).

• 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 StabenowPoll: Dem Stabenow has 9-point lead over Republican James in Michigan Senate race Trump Jr., Kid Rock to campaign for GOP Michigan Senate candidate John James Trump signs bills banning drug pricing 'gag clauses' MORE (D-Mich.).

• Purple Strategies gained Jordan Langdon as an account director. Prior to that, she served as Sen. Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranSenate Republicans demand Google hand over memo advising it to hide data vulnerability Overnight Defense — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Missing journalist strains US-Saudi ties | Senators push Trump to open investigation | Trump speaks with Saudi officials | New questions over support for Saudi coalition in Yemen Senators demand answers on Trump administration backing of Saudi coalition in Yemen MORE’s (R-Kan.) deputy communications director.