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• Kate Renz, who was previously working on trade issues for outgoing Rep. Bruce PoliquinBruce Lee PoliquinMaine governor certifies Dem's win in disputed House race, but calls it 'stolen election' GOP lawmaker to drop challenge to Maine's new voting system GOP lawmaker to appeal judge's ruling upholding Maine's new voting system MORE (R-Maine), was recently named director of government and regulatory affairs for Pitney Bowes. “Pitney Bowes is becoming a leader in e-commerce so I’m going to be focusing largely on trade issues in e-commerce,” Renz told The Hill.  “We’re working on those trade issues to help ensure that Pitney Bowes and our clients are able to navigate the global marketplace.”

She added that Pitney Bowes also works with the Postal Service and “will continue to work with Congress to come up with bipartisan proposals for postal reform.”

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She was legislative counsel and senior legislative assistant for Poliquin since he first came to Congress in 2015. Before that, she worked for Maine Sens. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingSen. Angus King begins treatment for prostate cancer GOP senators challenge Trump on shutdown strategy Will Trump declare an emergency tonight? Only he knows for sure MORE (I) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback The Memo: Concern over shutdown grows in Trump World Overnight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal MORE (R).

• Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP named Kathleen Benway as a partner. She was previously chief of staff at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Benway will be working on privacy issues, data security and consumer protection policy.

• Robert Lewis Jr. has founded a government relations firm, The Van Aucker Group LLC, which will specialize in banking, financial services, housing, insurance, privacy and tax policy. He previously was the vice president of financial services for the American Council of Life Insurers. Lewis got his start in Washington as a legislative assistant to former Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.)

• Tina Tower was recently named Amazon’s program manager for U.S. public policy. She was Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDems blast EPA nominee at confirmation hearing Overnight Energy: Watchdog investigating EPA enforcement numbers | EPA's Wheeler faces Senate grilling | Interior's offshore drilling staff returning to work during shutdown EPA's Wheeler faces grilling over rule rollbacks MORE’s (D-Mass.) deputy scheduler and assistant to the chief of staff. She joins other former congressional aides who have joined the tech company: LaDavia Drane, who was Rep. Yvette ClarkeYvette Diane ClarkeLobbying World John Kelly’s exit raises concerns about White House future GOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia MORE’s (D-N.Y.) chief of staff, and Tony Clair, who was Rep. G.K. ButterfieldGeorge (G.K.) Kenneth ButterfieldDemocrats will push to retake vote on funding government after chaos on the floor DeGette dropped from chief deputy whip spot Lobbying World MORE’s (D-N.C.) chief of staff. They are working on diversity issues.