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University of Iowa hires Rep. Loebsack aide

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on March 13, 2018

The University of Iowa has won back an alumna from the office of Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa).

Maddie Bushnell is now associate director of federal relations for Iowa. She joined Loebsack, an alumnus of rival Iowa State, shortly after graduating from the University of Iowa in 2015.

The University of Iowa spent nearly $350,000 last year to support a wide range of federal issues and programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and student financial-aid programs.

Novo Nordisk pharma adds ex-chief of staff

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on March 12, 2018

A diabetes-focused pharmaceutical company has snagged an aide who served as chief of staff for the entirety of ex-Rep. Renee Ellmers' (R-N.C.) tenure.

Al Lytton now works as associate director of federal government affairs at Novo Nordisk, a multinational company based in Denmark. Lytton had worked as Ellmers' right hand from her 2011 inauguration until 2017, when she lost reelection to fellow Republican Rep. George Holding.

Lytton is already lobbying for the pharmaceutical company, focusing on "prevention, treatment and Medicare coverage of diabetes, obesity and chronic-disease support," according to a recent disclosure form. This is Lytton's first federal lobbying registration.

Ex-lobbyist returns to Banking Committee

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on March 9, 2018

One ex-lobbyist and investment-asset director just couldn't stay away from the Senate Banking Committee.

Jonathan Gould is back as the majority committee's senior counsel. He left his counsel position with the committee 10 years ago for a job with Promontory Financial Group, a subsidiary of IBM.

Gould most recently worked as a director at BlackRock, the world's largest investment-management firm. He has also worked at Alston & Bird, where he lobbied on a variety of issues and filed as a foreign agent on behalf of Yohannes Hardian Widjonarko, an Indonesian timber magnate seeking to promote U.S.-Indonesian relations.

House Agriculture Committee adds dairy lobbyist

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on March 8, 2018

After six years with Land O'Lakes, a dairy lobbyist is grazing on the Hill.

Katie Zenk is now a professional staff member for the House Agriculture Committee's minority side. She was most recently Land O'Lakes' government relations manager.

At the dairy co-op, Zenk lobbied on issues including global food-security initiatives, the Farm Bill and immigration reform for agricultural workers.

Sanofi adds former Rep. Kind legislative director

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on March 7, 2018

Pharmaceutical giant Sanofi has picked up Rep. Ron Kind's (D-Wis.) former legislative director.

Liz Stower starts this month as director of federal government relations at the French multinational company. She joined Kind's office in 2011 and left earlier this winter on maternity leave.

Sanofi and its subsidiaries last year spent more than $4.7 million to lobby the U.S. government, mainly on a range of health-care and tax issues.

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