Lobbying world

Lobbying world
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• The National Electrical Contractors Association named T. David Long its CEO, effective on April 1. He is currently the president of Miller Electric in Jacksonville, Fla.

• Bill Ghent is joining the lobbying shop Lugar Hellmann Group, which was co-founded by David Lugar, the son of ex-Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.). He was previously chief of staff to Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperAmerica is in desperate need of infrastructure investment: Senate highway bill a step in the right direction FARA should apply to Confucius Institutes The 23 Republicans who opposed Trump-backed budget deal MORE (D-Del.), a post he got in 2014 after more than a decade with the senator.

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• Jim Mazzarella, the senior director of global economics and development at the National Security Council, is leaving the White House after a year and a half to be senior vice president for policy and government affairs at the World Wildlife Fund. Mazzarella was previously the deputy vice president of congressional and public affairs at the Millennium Challenge Corporation.  

• The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced Callie Hoyt and Clay Crabtree are directors of federal government relations. Crabtree was previously policy director for the American Sportfishing Association and Hoyt was the manager of federal affairs at the Motorcycle Industry Council. 

• Government affairs firm Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas announced Nichole Distefano is its newest principal. She previously was legislative director for former Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillEx-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity Ocasio-Cortez blasts NYT editor for suggesting Tlaib, Omar aren't representative of Midwest Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand MORE (D-Mo.), who lost her reelection race in November. Before that, Distefano spent more than three years at the Environmental Protection Agency in the Obama administration as a political appointee. 

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• Locust Street Group, a communications and public affairs firm, announced Tom Rodriguez is a senior director and will work in the firm’s new strategic communications and insights practice. Rodriguez joins from Luntz Global Partners, a communications strategy firm.

-- Updated at 5:11 p.m. on March 6