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Will a Senate aide turned lobbyist save history?

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Oct. 21, 2016

A decade-long Senate aide has made her first spin through the revolving door. Janelle DiLuccia has filed as a lobbyist shortly after beginning her position as associate director of public lands policy for the National Trust for Historic Preservation this month.

The West Virginia native most recently worked as a senior legislative assistant for Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and had held various positions with former Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) since 2005.

The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit routinely lobbies on a number of issues related to the preservation of public lands and national parks.

Penn Hill Group picks up HELP education adviser

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Oct. 20, 2016

The Penn Hill Group is deepening its education expertise with a new vice president hire, an education adviser for the Senate House Education and the Workforce Committee.

The lobbying firm, which focuses on education and workforce issues, counts a large number of education groups among its clients, including the College Board and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

The new Penn Hill hire, Lindsay Fryer, joined the HELP Committee in 2011, where she worked as a Republican professional staff member until moving to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee as a senior education policy adviser in 2014.

The Harvard-educated ex-staffer previously spent three years at TeenLife Boston, an organization that matches middle- and high-school students with educational and volunteer programs, and three years with the American Institutes for Research.

Scheduler for Rep. Westerman takes the Polaris Express

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Oct. 19, 2016

Polaris Consulting has a new employee's name ringing in their ears. Victoria "Tori" Bell joins the lobbying firm this month as a government affairs associate. 

She had served as scheduler and legislative aide to Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) since  last year. She joined Westerman's office as his transition aide following his election to Congress in 2014 and had previously worked as a program associate at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.

Bell holds a bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University.

Former Rep. Moran lobbying for immigrant healthcare group

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Oct. 18, 2016

Former Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) is lobbying on behalf of an organization that evaluates foreign physical therapists hoping to immigrate to the United States.

McDermott Will and Emery director Kam Quarles joins Moran to lobby on "issues related to physical therapy education certification." Moran has worked as a senior legislative adviser at McDermott Will and Emery since his retirement from Congress in 2015.

The Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy verifies credentials and issues certificates to foreign-educated physical therapists and physical-therapist assistants who wish to work and/or immigrate to the United States. The Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services requires foreign physical therapists to obtain the certificate in order to perform their professional services in the U.S.

After court decision, Tribe gets lobbying hand from ex-Rep. James Hayes

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Oct. 17, 2016

Shortly after a ruling requiring a Native American tribe to pay back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, former Rep. James Hayes (R-La.) is among the lobbyists advocating on behalf of Florida's 600-member Miccosukee Tribe.

Last month, a judge ordered a Tribe member to pay nearly $280,000 in back taxes from casino profits. The ruling reportedly "means other tribe members could owe back taxes on gambling profits, which average between $120,000 and $160,000 annually for each member," according to NBC Miami.

HBS Resources, where Hayes works as a strategic partner, is also putting former Hill aides Lee Forsgren and Michael Zehr on the case.

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