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Rep. Colleen Hanabusa's (D-Hawaii) legislative director has taken a new government affairs job with JetBlue Airways Corp.
Joshua Dover left this month to manage government affairs at the airline after working in Hanabusa's office since 2011, when he started as a legislative assistant. Dover got his start on the Hill in 2008 with an internship in Rep. Earl Pomeroy's (D-N.D.) office and later positions with Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Mich.).
Dover has a bachelor's from Pepperdine University and a master of public policy from the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions.
JetBlue registers to lobby on a range of air transit issues, including infrastructure and security
A staffer who has moved several times between the Hill and K Street has revolved again, this time to lobby for EducationCounsel LLC.
Jennifer Castagna served as professional staff member with the Senate Appropriations Committee for four years after returning to the Hill from her first stint in the lobbying world. She was vice president at Washington Partners LLC between 2009 and 2010, registering to lobby on a range of education issues.
Castagna first worked on the Hill for Pennsylvania Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter, then a Republican, starting in 2000 as a legislative correspondent after her graduation from Penn State University. She rose to become legislative assistant and appropriations director over the next several years, leaving for Washington Partners in 2009.
At EducationCounsel, Castagna resumes her lobbying on education policy issues, registering to lobby in the fourth quarter of 2014 on expanding early learning opportunities and aligning early learning with K-12 education.
EducationCounsel is an education lobbying firm with clients that include the American Association of School Administrators and National Association of State Boards of Education. Castangna registered to lobby on behalf of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, which seeks to improve early childhood education particularly for children born into poverty.
Between the official announcements and guest lists, congressional staffers took to Twitter to make their final digs - and give their honest thoughts - before live-tweeting begins in earnest during tonight's State of the Union address.
Staffers and their bosses tweeted "SOTU" more than 350 times since last week by midday Tuesday, with more pouring in throughout the day.
From the Republican camp:
Amanda Carpenter, Communications Director, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas):
"Obama sitting down with YouTube personalities post-SOTU? Confirms my idea earlier. This is Seinfeld SOTU. A speech about nothing, a joke."
Rainey Sewell, Staff Assistant, Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.):
"Game plan for #SOTU tonight: listen to Obama, watch VP Biden for funny faces, occasionally check to see how unimpressed Boehner looks."
Nathan Cox, Constituent Services Representative, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) in a reply:
"Based on Twitter this morning, this may be the least watched #SOTU since Washington mailed it in."
Heba Abdelaal, Legislative Correspondent, Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.):
"When the #SOTU is an event requiring significant prep and endless research.. #HillStaffProbs"
From the Democrats:
Kirsten Hartman, Press Secretary, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas):
"Joni Ernst's feelings about giving the #SOTU response: https://t.co/nekWmGVIKt"
Julissa Santoy, Legislative Correspondent, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.):
"#SOTU on the mind today. ALL day. #LifeOnTheHill #DC #CapitolHill"
Jennifer Storipan, Legislative Director/Counsel, Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio):
"Happy #SOTU Day! We've seen a preview of @BarackObama speech this past week. Looking forward to tonight's delivery."
John McCarthy, Special Assistant, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.)
"Wondering what a @Pontifex #SOTU would look like? (I was) Check out @gehringdc's take at @NCROnline http://t.co/SEbk0FRQRQ "
A registered lobbyist with TechAmerica has become Rep. Randy Forbes' (R-Va.) new judiciary legislative assistant.
Burak Guvensoylar was federal government relations manager at TechAmerica from 2011 until December, joining Forbes' office in January. He handles law, immigration, telecommunications and crime and law enforcement issues in his new job with Forbes.
Guvensoylar lobbied Congress on a range of topics, including education technology and student data privacy, reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank and trade in the technology industry, according to lobbying filings. TechAmerica is a trade association that lobbies on behalf of the technology industry in Washington and across the U.S.
During an initial stint on the Hill in 2011, Guvensoylar also served as an intern in the office of Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's in political science in 2010.
A legislative aide in Rep. John Carney's (D-Del.) office has left and registered to lobby for the National Guard Association of the United States.
Matt Pincus started on the Hill in Carney's office in 2012 as a legislative correspondent and staff assistant, but now serves as legislative manager for Air Guard programs at the lobbying organization. He has filed lobbying papers for the first time, registering to lobby on defense issues including the National Defense Authorization Act.
Pincus became passionate about the Guard during his time in Carney's office, according to a NGAUS press release. He said he plans to use his Capitol Hill network to lobby for the Guard.
The former staffer has a bachelor's degree from Skidmore College and a master's in global security studies from Johns Hopkins University.
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