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Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Sept. 4, 2015

A former Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) staffer has gained a healthy interest in the lobbying world.

Philip Goglas has started as a legislative associate at the Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington, where he will be helping to represent client interests on Capitol Hill, according to his LinkedIn profile. Goglas served as Zeldin's executive assistant between January and May.

Goglas has not yet filed a lobbying registration, but his new employer regularly registers to lobby for a variety of clients. This year the organization has lobbied on behalf of the American Liver Foundation, the Crohns and Colitis Foundation and the National Council for Diversity in Health Professions, among others.

Goglas has a 2014 bachelor's in government and politics from University of Maryland College Park. He also coordinated volunteers for Zeldin's campaign and worked as a firefighter for the Central Islip Fire Department until taking his position with the congressman in January.

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Sept. 3, 2015

House Homeland Security Committee Republicans have secured a lobbyist for their staff.

Cindy Boyd joined the committee as director of member services and coalitions last month, a few months after leaving her job as senior associate at Townsend Public Affairs.

Boyd has registered to lobby since 2013 for a variety of clients, including cities across California such as Laguna Beach, Berkeley and San Pablo. She has also lobbied for community college districts, the Oakland Zoo and the Discovery Science Center.

Boyd lobbied on issues such as municipal government, conservation funding and Pell grant funding. She has past experience at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Department of Homeland Security and CACI International Inc. as well as with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver.

The new committee staffer studied sociology at San Diego State University and has a bachelor's in security management in 2014 from Bellevue University.

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Sept. 2, 2015

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) is getting a Dell.

McCaul has hired Dell's federal government affairs manager as his chief of staff. Chris Alsup makes his return to the Hill after working for Dell for four years and registering to lobby on issues such as responsible electronics recycling, tax policy and federal funding for IT products.

Alsup previously worked in the House for the House Appropriations Committee and Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) between 2003 and 2011.

The new chief of staff has a bachelor's in political science and government from the University of Texas at Austin. His wife, Julie Leake Alsup, also has experience on the Hill as a scheduler for Carter between 2003 and 2004. She works as a lobbyist for the International Paper Co.

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Sept. 1, 2015

Rep. Dave Joyce's (R-Ohio) legislative director has hitched a ride off the Hill with Volvo Group North America LLC.

John Miceli joins Volvo as the manager of government relations after six years of experience with Ohio Republicans in the House. He began as a staff assistant and systems administrator for Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) and rose through the ranks before switching to Joyce's staff when he took office in 2013.

Volvo has a long history of lobbying on issues such as heavy duty truck safety, tax reform and trade. Miceli has never before registered to lobby and has not yet filed a registration with Volvo.

Miceli has a 2004 bachelor's in sports industry from Ohio University and a 2008 law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. 

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Aug. 31, 2015

With a reality TV star and business mogul already leading one side of the race for president in 2016, a multi-millionaire from the music industry had his own announcement on Sunday.

Congressional staffers took to Twitter to react to the news of a Kanye West 2020 campaign. These are their top tweets:

Greg Brooks, communications director, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio):

"So, catching up here ... does Kanye need to file w/ the FEC in the next 15 days?"

Aaron Fritschner, staff assistant, Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.):

"Announcing for 2020 now is a brilliant move by Kanye, will freeze the donors and give him plenty of time to work precinct captains in Iowa."

Michael Lambert, staff assistant, Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.):

 "I, personally, think Kanye would make a better Fed Chair, but that's me."

Erica Arbetter, digital coordinator, House Natural Resources Committee:

"Not going to lie, I am getting pretty excited thinking of all the ways to explore a Kanye West Wing (ie. Kim and Kanye take the Kapitol)"

Jack Minor, communications director, Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.):

"Can't wait to here Kayne's 2020 policy proposal on how to stop gold diggers." 

Rich Luchette, communications director, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.):

"Alert NORAD: Kanye is becoming self-aware" 

Matthew Moberly, caseworker, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.):

"Kanye West is what happens when you don't have people in your life to tell you that sometimes, you are an idiot. #listentothekidsbro"

Josh Delaney, legislative fellow, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.):

"MTV producers are freaking out about whether to cut Kanye West's TED Talk short. #theVMAs" 

Phil Innamorato, constituent advocate, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.):

"Kanye West declares his candidacy for President? Excellent! Looking forward to the GOP being in the White House until at least 2025!" 

Flaka Ismaili, staff assistant, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.):

"Kanye West announced he's running for president in 2020, and I legit got tears in my eyes. And it's for the opposite reason of being excited" 

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