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Ex-lobbyist back to Hill as Sen. Inhofe LD

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on May 26, 2017

A lobbyist for one of Washington's top firms is back on the Hill, this time as legislative director to Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.).

Andrew Forbes had worked for Cassidy & Associates since 2010, most recently as a vice president. He previously held policy positions with former Rep. Ric Keller (R-Fla.) and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and worked as a policy adviser for Florida's Congressional Liaison Office under then-Governor Charlie Crist.

His clients at Cassidy & Associates included Microsoft, AT&T and other heavy hitters, as well as several local-government agencies. The lobbying firm pulled in over $12.4 million in lobbying revenue last year, landing it among Washington's most successful lobbying groups.

Bayer Corp. picks up ex-lobbyist and Senate aide

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on May 25, 2017

Pharmaceutical powerhouse Bayer picked up a former lobbyist and Senate aide as its deputy director of federal relations and policy this month.

Luke Tomanelli worked for former Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, which Vitter chaired until his retirement at the end of last term.  Tomanelli has also worked for Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and the House Ways and Means Committee.

At Bayer, the Connecticut native will focus on energy, environmental and agricultural policy, a portfolio similar to the one he held as a lobbyist at Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting.

Sen. Heitkamp grows staff roster with pesticides

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on May 24, 2017

Agriculture's Democratic golden girl has harvested her Senate office's newest legislative assistant from pesticide advocate CropLife America.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) added Jared Henderson to her Washington office this month. He had worked for CropLife America since 2014, most recently as manager of government relations. He did not register as a lobbyist for the trade group, which promotes "the responsible use of innovative, safe and environmentally sound crop protection products," according to its website.

Heitkamp, currently the ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee's Commodities, Risk Management and Trade Subcommittee, was once floated as Donald Trump's possible pick for agriculture secretary.

Rep. Murphy aide heads to psychiatric-health group

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on May 23, 2017

Two months after honoring Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) for his "outstanding legislative efforts," the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems has snagged the congressman's legislative director.

Now the trade group's director of policy and regulatory affairs, Scott Dziengelski had been with Murphy since 2010. NAPHS granted Murphy its "Mental Health Champion" award in March.

NAPHS lobbies on a number of health-care issues, mostly related to insurance.

Ex-chief of staff sees the light at Philips

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on May 22, 2017

Philips, the Dutch lighting, health-care and electronics company, added an ex-chief of staff as federal government director to the company's North America division this month.

Monica Volante worked for former Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) since graduating from Messiah College in 2001 until Pitts' retirement at the end of last term. She had been his chief of staff since 2015.

Philips has lobbied mainly on health care-related issues so far this year. In addition to its in-house lobbying team, the company also contracts with lobbying firm Clint Hackney and Co.

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