GOP lobbyist tapped for White House legislative affairs

GOP lobbyist tapped for White House legislative affairs
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Republican lobbyist Chris Cox is expected to join the White House as deputy assistant to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police MORE for legislative affairs, Politico first reported.

He would replace Ben Howard, who left to be a lobbyist. A source familiar with the pick told The Hill that Cox hasn't formally started in the role.

Cox is a founding principal at Navigators Global and was previously a special assistant for legislative affairs for former President George W. Bush. 

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Cox’s clients at Navigators include Delta, Berkshire Hathaway, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson and the United Parcel Service. He is not the Chris Cox who is a former top lobbyist at the National Rifle Association.

Prior to working for Bush, Cox was chief of staff to former Reps. Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersBottom line Officials warn Chinese hackers targeting groups developing coronavirus treatments Hillicon Valley: Amazon VP resigns in protest | Republicans eye university ties to China | Support rises for vote by mail MORE (R-Mich.) and Robin Hayes (R-N.C.). He also was legislative director to former Rep. Saxby ChamblissClarence (Saxby) Saxby ChamblissGOP lobbyist tapped for White House legislative affairs The Hill's Morning Report - Gillibrand drops out as number of debaters shrinks Hoekstra emerges as favorite for top intelligence post MORE (R-Ga.). 

Howard served in the role from December 2018 to February 2020. He is now a vice president at the lobbying firm Duberstein Group.