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A new health legislative assistant for Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) comes to the Hill after three years as a lobbyist on health issues.
Michelle Greenhalgh was state government relations manager at the American Academy of Family Physicians from 2011 until this year, registering to lobby for three years. She joined Courtney's office in March covering health.
Greenhalgh has registered to lobby on issues including Medicare payment reform, medical training grants and obesity at the family medicine organization. She has a bachelor's from the University of New Hampshire and a master's from Johns Hopkins University.
A new chief of staff on the Hill is back after an eight-year lobbying stint.
Vivian Moeglein will join a third Arkansas Republican's office as Rep. Bruce Westerman's chief of staff. She has also worked for Rep. Asa Hutchinson and for Rep. John Boozman from 2001 until 2006 when she left as legislative director.
Since 2006, Moeglein has served as senior policy adviser at the American Council of Engineering Companies and registered as a lobbyist. She has lobbied on issues ranging from appropriations provisions to student loan forgiveness and liability protection for engineers.
Moeglein has a bachelor's degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. She takes the top spot after previous chief Kenneth Ryan James resigned after an unpaid parking ticket led to a bench warrant and the suspension of his license, which he discovered when he was pulled over while driving the congressman and his wife.
Even as Republicans struggle to draw women voters, GOP lawmakers at least as often as not assign women's issues to male staffers in the office.
Meanwhile, more than 70 percent of Democratic staff covering women's issues are women.
These figures come from a review of LegiStorm's staffer issue tracking. Legislative assistants on the Hill, as well as other staffers who handle issues, are on the front lines for members of Congress on the topics they cover. LegiStorm tracks legislative issues for every office and the numbers constantly change as staffers come and go from offices.
In the House overall, 67 percent of staffers from both parties assigned to "women's issues" are women. Of 205 Democratic staffers currently assigned to the issue, 169 are women, or about 82 percent of the total.
For Republican House offices, 238 staffers cover "women's issues" and 127, or 53 percent, are women.
Senate staffers who cover "women's issues" are also majority female, with 66 out of 109 or 61 percent. The divide between the parties is about 20 points, with 32 of 46 Democratic staffers who are women and 32 of 61 Republican staffers.
When it comes to abortion, which LegiStorm tracks as its own issue, some offices often internally classify it under the health or social issue umbrellas. In both chambers, more Republican men cover the issue.
In the House, 60 percent of staffers on abortion are women or 253 out of 424. But Republican offices currently assign 122 men to the topic, versus 113 women. In Democratic offices, 74 percent of the staffers are women, or 140 out of 189.
The Senate gender split on the abortion issue is also about 60 percent women, but 46 percent of Republican staffers covering abortion are women, or 26 out of 57.
Overall, women represent 41 percent of legislative assistants in the House and 44 percent in the Senate.
The new communications director in Rep. Earl Blumenauer's (D-Ore.) office is new to the Hill but familiar with working in political public relations.
Nicole L'Esperance registered under the Foreign Agent Registration Act in 2013 while working for The Fratelli Group as a consultant for the government of Colombia. She left for the Hill this month after five years as client manager at the communications agency.
For Colombia, the new communications director wrote she would coordinate interviews, write press releases and develop overall media strategies in the registration. L'Esperance, who is from Greenville, North Carolina, earned a bachelor's in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009.
The director of external affairs for the Congressional Black Caucus has taken a job with the same title in the private sector.
Kwame Canty switched this month to the Edison Electric Institute, an electric company association, after more than eight years on the Hill in several offices. He was the only CBC staffer in the 113th Congress who continued into the 114th.
Canty, who started with the CBC in early 2014, has also held positions with Rep. Ed Towns (D-N.Y.), the Clerk of the House and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He was legislative assistant for Towns from 2011 to 2013 before taking a job with the CBC.
The Brooklyn, New York native graduated with a bachelor's from Hampton University in 2003. His new employer registers to lobby on a range of energy issues.
We spend a large part of our days looking at data. Documents often come in by the dozens and hundreds. And while most are boring - how interesting can staring at a phone directory or salary records be, for example? - we find daily reasons for interest, amusement or even concern packed in the documents. So we are launching a new running feature that we call "Caught our Eye."
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