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Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Aug. 11, 2015

The embattled Export-Import Bank has brought on another Hill staffer to work as vice president of congressional affairs.

Kevin Warnke has six years of experience working for House Democrats, beginning with Mark Schauer (D-Mich.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.). He served as legislative director for Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) until last month, covering a range of issues including finance and financial sector, economics and public finance and foreign trade and international finance.

The fight over whether to reauthorize the Ex-Im bank has continued and the previous charter lapsed July 1, with Congress leaving for the August recess without taking action. Kilmer has called for reauthorization of the bank over the last few months.

Warnke has a 2003 bachelor's in political science and international relations, African studies, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served as a deaf education specialist with the Peace Corps and with Deaf Aid, both in Kenya, after college.


Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Aug. 10, 2015

A former representative from Texas out of the spotlight for nearly a decade is back as a registered lobbyist for victims of the 1998 embassy bombings.

Rep. Ron Coleman (D-Texas) left Congress a year before the deadly series of bombs that killed 224 and wounded more than 5,000 people in Kenya and Tanzania. He has registered to lobby Congress to secure compensation for U.S. government employees who were killed or injured in the blasts.

Now in his 70s, Coleman started his first term in Congress in 1983 and served on the House Appropriations Committee, Armed Services Committee and Select Committee on Intelligence. Although he was never charged with wrongdoing, Coleman's seven terms in Congress were marred by the House bank scandal, in which he made 673 overdrafts on his account.

After departing Congress, he filed lobbying papers with several firms including ShawnCoulson International Lawyers in the early 2000s.

Coleman's last lobbying clients included Skelton Truck Lines and Domes International in 2006 with ShawnCoulson. He also filed a foreign agents registration in 1998 on behalf of Chechnya to promote information on the region and gain recognition of the Chechen Republic as a sovereign state.



Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Aug. 7, 2015

Five governors, three senators, a neurosurgeon and a former reality TV star and businessman took the stage Thursday night.

Only one emerged with more than 100 Twitter mentions from the Hill and an unwillingness to promise he won't mount a third-party bid for president. Members of Congress and their staffs mentioned Donald Trump more than any other candidate in Thursday's top-10 debate. These were the candidates by order of tweets:

1. Donald Trump: 150

2. Marco Rubio: 88

3. Jeb Bush: 38

3. Ben Carson: 38

5. John Kasich: 34

6. Scott Walker: 29

7. Ted Cruz: 23

8. Chris Christie: 22

9. Rand Paul: 20

10. Mike Huckabee: 11 

These were the Hill's top tweets: 

Jillian Neville, digital media director, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.):

"#GOPdebate side notes: Christie wins best tie. Dr. Carson probably gives nice hugs."

Sam McCullough, communications director, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.):

"'they call me jeb because I earned it. and they call me Jeb! because I have a terrible graphic designer.'"

"trump is just shruggie with hair. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ "

Jessica Seale, digital director, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas):

"Breaking: Donald Trump revealed to America that illegal immigration is happening. #GOPDebate"

Elise Tollefson, legislative assistant, Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.): 

"Donald Trump just endorsed pay to play. I'm just working a broken system, guys. #FoxDebate"

Tara DiJulio, communications director, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.): 

"'When they call, I give.' Remind me to call Trump!"

Anna Esten, associate legislative assistant, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.): 

"Why on earth did Donald Trump want Hillary Clinton at his wedding? This is a confusing aside but I like it. #GOPDebate"

Kyle Kizzier, legislative director, Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Mich.):

"Under Trump's rules for political giving...a lot of politicians owe me a wedding gift. #GOPDebate #FOXNEWSDEBATE"

Joe Russo, coalitions director, House Judiciary Committee: 

"The donation from Trump to Hillary we should be talking about is him Ross Perot-ing the eventual GOP nominee"

Matt Inzeo, communications director, Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.): 

"Jeb! on Iraq: I last prepped for this question 8 weeks ago"

Courtney Weaver, communications director, Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas):

"Trump's foreign policy: Trump Hotels everywhere!!! #GOPDebate"

Austin Manger, field representative, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.):  

"I love that during the break, all the candidates congregate to the sides of the stage and talk...... Except Trump. #nofriends"

Justin Wein, legislative director, Rep. David Price (D-N.C.):

"This is the best episode of SNL in years! #debate #Republicandebate#FoxDebate #GOPdebate" 

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.):

"You can't ignore Trump, he dominates the debate!"


Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Aug. 6, 2015

Twenty-something Frank Broomell may have lost the congressional primary fight against a "political machine" in New Jersey last year, but now he's taken a place in a lower-profile position on the Hill.

Frank Broomell launched a long-shot campaign for New Jersey's First Congressional District seat in 2014 while earning a master's in international and global affairs from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He fell to Rep. Donald Norcross (D-N.J.) in the primary and has now joined the office of Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-N.H.) as a legislative assistant.

Broomell, a Marine, jumped into the race to challenge the status quo, he told The GW Hatchet last year. He graduated with a bachelor's in international affairs, conflict and security from George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs in 2009.

"I know a lot of young adults who know that just because something has existed a certain way, doesn't mean it should always exist that way," Broomell told the newspaper. "Coming from outside of the political machine adds onto that renewed vigor and energy."

Broomell is covering a range of issues for Kuster, including abortion, armed forces and national security, crime and law enforcement, education, families, foreign trade and international finance, health, housing and community development, international affairs, law, social welfare, veterans' affairs and women's issues.

He served as a Rosenthal Fellow for South and Southeast Asia for the U.S. Department of Defense after losing in the primary.

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Aug. 5, 2015

A Dallas-based industrial company has picked up a staffer from a Texas senator for a federal affairs job.

Trinity Industries Inc. regularly registers to lobby on a variety of issues, such as manufacturing, long-term transportation reauthorization and railroads. Josh Jemente left the office of Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) last month to become the company's federal affairs representative though so far he has not filed lobbying papers.

Jemente has four years of experience with Cornyn, beginning as a staff assistant in 2011 and departing as state projects assistant. He earned a bachelor's in political science from Texas Christian University in 2009.

Cornyn has had 19 staffers who have passed through the revolving door since LegiStorm tracking began of salaries in 2000 for salaries and 2001 for lobbying registrations, the fourth-most in the current Texas delegation. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) and Kay Granger (R-Texas) employed more staff who had served as lobbyists or later went on to become lobbyists.

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