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Holland & Knight environmental lobbyist returns to Senate

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Jan. 23, 2017

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has harvested an environmental lobbyist as his new legislative director.

As a public affairs adviser to Holland & Knight's energy and environment team, Virgilio Barrera lobbied for clients including the Alliance to Restore Our Waterways, InterContinental Hotels Group and the Advanced Biofuels Association.

Barrera, previously a legislative assistant to former Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), joined the Holland & Knight after Udall's defeat in 2014. He also holds two years of lobbying experience with the Western Growers Association, a trade group for California, Arizona and Colorado farmers.

Barrera replaces Heinrich's former legislative director Jude McCartin, who now holds the same title with Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.).

Penn Hill VP becomes HELP minority education director

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Jan. 19, 2017

A Penn Hill Group vice president with 12 years of Hill experience has returned to Congress as the Senate HELP Committee's new minority director of education policy.

Kara Marchione had been with the education- and workforce-focused lobbying firm since 2012. Her clients included the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Grantmakers in the Arts and Microsoft Corp.

The American University grad previously worked for the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) and former Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.).

Ex-chief of staff ships off to postal union

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Jan. 18, 2017

The American Postal Workers Union has accepted a special delivery from the office of former Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.). Her final chief of staff has taken a position as the union's senior adviser on government affairs.

Jennifer Warburton came to Sanchez's office in 2014 with 15 years of postal experience, as a lobbyist for the National Association of Letter Carriers and director of government relations for the U.S. Postal Service.

APWU employs in-house lobbyists and maintains contracts with the Ingram Group and independent lobbyists Denise Wilson and Doug Bobbitt. The union's recent lobbying issues include postal reform and preservation of USPS service standards.

Longtime Hill counsel moves to bricklayer's union

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Jan. 17, 2017

An attorney with 17 years of Hill experience is paving a new career with the bricklayers' union.

Brian Kennedy, most recently minority general counsel to the House Education and the Workforce Committee, joined the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers as the director of policy, strategy and communications. 

Recently the union, which claims to be the oldest continuous working union, has lobbied Congress on health issues and in support of immigration reform.

Kennedy, who holds a law degree from the University of Virginia, first came to the Hill as general counsel to former Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in 1987. He served as assistant secretary of the Department of Labor from 2009 until 2014 and, briefly, as a special assistant in President Bill Clinton's White House.

Rep. Crist picks up Van Scoyoc lobbyist

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Jan. 13, 2017

Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.)'s new legislative assistant knows her way around a map.

Sarah Hanson comes from Van Scoyoc Associates, where she'd been manager of government relations since 2014. Hanson lobbied on behalf of dozens of U.S. cities, a specialty she carried over from her work at lobbying firms Marlowe and Co. and Madison Government Affairs.

The Florida native recently wed Stephen Fitzmaurice, a former aide to Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).

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