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The new legislative director for Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) is back in Congress after traveling a fourth time between K Street and the Hill.
Dina Ellis Rochkind was a fixture on the Hill beginning in the mid-1990s, gaining experience over the next decade on several Republican staffs. She has now returned once again to help lead legislative strategy in a congressional office after lobbying for Quicken Loans Inc.
Rochkind first came to the Hill after experience working as a reporter and served on the staffs of Reps. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) and George W. Gekas (R-Pa.) before working on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. She moved to a job at the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 2001 but returned again to the Hill in 2003 to work on the House Financial Services Committee.
In 2007, Rochkind took her first lobbying job at Chrysler, where she registered as a lobbyist until making another return to Congress, this time as senior financial services counsel for Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) in 2011. She went on to serve as Republican staff director at the Senate Banking Housing and Urban Affairs Committee's Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Subcommittee.
Rochkind left Congress for the third time in 2013 when she took the Quicken Loans position of vice president of federal government affairs, registering to lobby on issues including patent reform and net neutrality. She made her most recent return to the Hill this month.
Rochkind has a bachelor's in English from Penn State University and a law degree from the Dickinson School of Law.
Former Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) has filed his first lobbying registration.
After Conrad retired from the Senate and left office in January 2013, Daniel J. Edelman Inc. announced last summer he had started as a strategic adviser. But in the lobbying filings, for Molina Healthcare Inc. in Sacramento, California, Conrad registered himself independently from any lobbing organization.
For Molina, a managed health care company, Conrad registered to lobby on Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program proposals.
Conrad served in the Senate from 1992 until 2013 after working as tax commissioner for North Dakota.
Rep. Scott Perry's (R-Pa.) legislative director has returned to the advocacy world.
Marianne Adezio Myers started this month as director of health policy at the Lung Cancer Alliance. The job comes after about four years of working as a legislative director on the Hill, but she got her start at the Capitol more than a decade ago.
Myers took her first congressional job in 2001 as a legislative assistant for Todd Platts (R-Pa.), remaining with the office until 2004 and leaving as his legislative director. She later registered to lobby from 2005 to 2010 while working for GolinHarris.
Myers left K Street in 2011 to rejoin Platts' staff, once again as legislative director, until his retirement in 2013. She has worked as Perry's legislative director since then.
During her previous lobbying stint, Myers advocated for clients including the Home Safety Council, National Industries for the Blind and several community colleges and universities.
Myers' new employer is a leading nonprofit in the fight against lung cancer, working to support patients and advocate on their behalf, according to its website.
A returning legislative aide for Dick Durbin is back in familiar territory after moving a fourth time through the revolving door between K Street and the Capitol.
Mark Palmer rejoins Durbin's office after a three-year period of registering to lobby for Palmer Policy Group LLC and Van Ness Feldman LLP, where he was senior director between 2011 and 2014. Palmer also worked from 2009 to 2011 as senior adviser and director of external affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The former lobbyist has held several previous jobs on the Hill, starting as a legislative intern for Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.) in 1995 before moving to Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) office. Between 1999 and 2003, Palmer worked for Durbin on agriculture issues.
Palmer took his first advocacy job at the National Corn Growers Association and registered to lobby there then at Gordley Associates from 2004 to 2007. He returned to the Hill briefly between 2007 and 2009 as agriculture counsel for the House Small Business Committee.
In Durbin's office now, Palmer once again covers agriculture and food issues as well as animals, commerce, government operations and politics, labor and employment and science and technology. He has registered to lobby on similar issues during periods off the Hill over the last decade.
The son of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has taken a position as counsel for the Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
Philip Alito earned a law degree from the Duke University School of Law in 2012. He also has a bachelor's from the University of Virginia and has served as an associate at Gibson Dunn and Crutcher LLP.
The younger Alito worked with another justice's son, Eugene Scalia, while at Gibson Dunn and Crutcher. Philip Alito also has experience clerking for a conservative judge, Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
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