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James Thomas Jr., former deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Senate affairs at the Pentagon during the Trump administration, joined scientific research company Leidos as director of government affairs. He previously worked as assistant vice president at the National Defense Industrial Association and before that was legislative director to ex-Rep. Duncan HunterDuncan HunterLobbying world Duncan Hunter granted delayed start to prison sentence over coronavirus New poll shows tight race in key California House race MORE (R-Calif.).

Jacob Stewart will be director of state government relations for the Early Care and Education Consortium, part of the law and lobbying firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP. Stewart previously was manager of policy and governmental affairs at the advocacy group Child Care Aware of America.

Katherine Knight Patterson left her post as vice president of communications at the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU) to join Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Bottom line Democrats to probe Trump's replacement of top Transportation Dept. watchdog MORE's public affairs team. Before AALU, she was senior manager of media and external communications at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for more than a year and press secretary to Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsOvernight Defense: Democrats expand probe into State IG's firing | House schedules late June votes with defense bill on deck | New Navy secretary sworn in Government watchdog: 'No evidence' Pompeo violated Hatch Act with Kansas trips The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip MORE (R-Kan.) for nearly three years.

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions hired Chris Mathey to be vice president of government relations. He previously was head of market and policy innovation and utility engagement at the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance and before that was head of energy solutions at WGL Energy.

Wade Newton was named vice president of communications at the Alliance for Automotive Innovation. He previously was senior director of communications for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which merged recently with the trade group Global Automakers. Before that, Newton was director of communications for the Associated Builders and Contractors and communications director for Rep. Robert AderholtRobert Brown AderholtLobbying world The Hill's Coronavirus Report: WHO vs. Trump; Bernie's out Bottom line MORE (R-Ala.).