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Posted by Jenna Ebersole on April 28, 2015

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) has hired a former Hill staffer who has been lobbying for the financial industry for more than five years.

Tyler Roberts was manager of government affairs for Financial Executives International and has now joined Sullivan's office as legislative assistant, his first Senate job.

Roberts started in Congress in 2005 with an internship for Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) and joined his staff, later leaving to work as a research assistant for the National Republican Congressional Committee between 2007 and 2009. He returned to the Hill in then-Rep. Roy Blunt's (R-Mo.) office briefly in 2009.

During his lobbying years, Roberts registered to advocate on issues including financial reporting, economic recovery and the Affordable Care Act. He has a bachelor's degree from Lake Forest College and a master's in government public policy from Johns Hopkins University's Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Roberts is the first revolving door lobbyist to pass between Sullivan's office and K Street.

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on April 27, 2015

More Republican staffers than Democratic staffers have made the jump from the Hill to K Street so far in 2015.

With the first quarter lobbying registration deadline last week, LegiStorm has tracked 169 former staffers who have filed this year. Of the group, which includes former staff who have received congressional salaries, 96 of the former staffers were Republicans, 72 were Democrats and one was not designated by party.

Republican staffers have moved to K Street in larger shares than their Democratic counterparts since 2011, when the divide was almost even, slightly in favor of Democrats. In 2014, Republicans also took top billing in the number of new staffers on the Hill who have filed past lobbying registrations.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) remains in the lead in Congress for most staffers who have passed between K Street and the Capitol in the last 15 years with 44. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is in second with 40, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is in third with 39, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is in fourth with 37 and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) rounds out the top five with 36.

LegiStorm's revolving door data is conservative, counting only staffers who have filed lobbying or foreign agent registrations but excluding others who work in the influence business but do not file. 



Posted by Jenna Ebersole on April 24, 2015

The son of a Tennessee congressman has joined his father on the Hill, although from a different perspective: as a lobbyist.

Charles M. Fleischmann, son of Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), has filed his first lobbying registration paperwork after starting in 2014 as a staff attorney at Husch Blackwell LLP. Chuckie, as he is known, has a 2014 law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law and a bachelor's from Washington and Lee University.

The elder Fleischmann drew fire in 2012 after a report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington found he paid his son $4,652 in the 2010 election cycle from campaign funds for "wages for work done."

The newly registered lobbyist filed to advocate the House and Senate on behalf of a subsidiary of Lend Lease Corp. Ltd. on "issues related to military privatization opportunities."

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on April 23, 2015

A new Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee staffer and counsel to Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has returned to the Hill after three years as a lobbyist.

Luke Tomanelli served as assistant vice president at FaegreBD Consulting until this month when he started as deputy staff director at the committee. He lobbied for a range of clients, including Murray Energy Corp., Enterprises Swanco LLC and Cheniere Energy Inc.

The returning lobbyist worked for seven years in the House and Senate between 2005 and 2012, with the House Ways and Means Committee, Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health Subcommittee.

Tomanelli holds a bachelor's from Muhlenberg College and a master's in political science from Lehigh University.

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on April 22, 2015

A foreign policy adviser to the freshman senator who caused a stir last month with an open letter to Iranian leaders has left for a government relations job at an international affairs think tank.

Elaine Wilson started with then-Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) in 2013 as senior legislative assistant before his election to the Senate, continuing as legislative adviser earlier this year. She transitioned this month to become director of government relations for the Foreign Policy Initiative.

Cotton made headlines when he wrote the open letter to Iranian leaders in March, which was signed by 46 of his Republican Senate colleagues and aimed to intervene in President Barack Obama's nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Wilson served as Cotton's adviser on foreign policy and national security, as well as on veterans, judiciary and trade issues according to her bio. She also worked in the offices of two other former House Republicans, Donald Manzullo and Aaron Schock, both of Illinois, between 2009 and 2013.

Wilson is engaged to another Hill staffer, David Stern, Rep. Bob Dold's (R-Ill.) deputy chief of staff and legislative director.

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