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A former Senate staffer who registered to lobby for several years on agriculture issues will join the staff of the House Agriculture Committee in January.
Christine Heggem has served as a lobbyist for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association since 2010 after lobbying between 2008 and 2010 with mCapitol Management Inc. She left the Hill in 2008 to become vice president at mCapitol Management.
Heggem, of Montana, began her congressional career in 2000 as legislative assistant for Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.). She became professional staff member at the Senate Appropriations Committee in 2006 before leaving Congress two years later.
The NRECA has long invested in lobbying, registering this year to advocate on issues including the agriculture appropriations bill and the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2013.
A Senate staffer who was once the mayor of Cleveland has left Capitol Hill for an advocacy job.
Jane Campbell this month joined the National Development Council as director of public policy and advocacy after leaving the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, where she has been a senior adviser since June. Campbell was Cleveland's first female mayor and served from 2002-2006.
Campbell came to the Hill in 2009 as Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-La.) chief of staff, a position she held until early 2013. She was staff director of the Senate committee between 2013 and earlier this year.
The former staffer has also operated her own consulting firm, after leaving the mayor's office, and comes to an organization that has filed as a lobbying client since 2007. The National Development Council, a nonprofit that works for economic development in underserved communities, has lobbied this year on transportation, housing and urban development.
Campbell took several privately funded trips during her time in Congress, traveling to Tunisia, Louisiana and Istanbul, and has never registered as a lobbyist.
As protesters took to the streets nationwide and in Ferguson, Mo., last week, Congress reacted on Twitter to the grand jury announcement.
Members of Congress and their staff have publicly tweeted at least 500 times about "Ferguson" since last Monday, commenting on word that Officer Darren Wilson will not face charges for teenager Michael Brown's death. A sampler from congressional staff:
- Donny Ferguson, press secretary for Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas):
"Protestors are blocking bridges as payback for #Ferguson. You know, the same thing liberals wanted Chris Christie imprisoned for." Nov. 25 at 9:47 p.m.
"Does this make Chris Christie the father of the Ferguson protest movement?" Nov. 30 at 3:43 p.m.
- Narda J. Terrones, constituent services representative and outreach coordinator for Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas):
"One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for... white males only... #DarrenWilson #Ferguson #FergusonDecision #MikeBrown #justice" Nov. 24, at 9:59 p.m.
- Jerry Ruskowski, systems administrator and assistant operations manager for Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and Matt Stoller, senior policy adviser for Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), both tweeted photos apparently from the scene of the D.C. protest.
"And now it's time for the protest class picture. #Ferguson" Stoller captioned a photo as rows of protesters lined a stairway. Nov. 25 at 9:14 p.m.
- M'Shai Dash, communications assistant for Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.):
"Meanwhile, North Korea's over there like, 'Stay outta our sh** 'til you fix your own.' Smh. #Ferguson #NorthKorea" Nov. 25 at 1:23 p.m.
- Michael Detwiler, field representative for Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.):
"GOV 101 - DA 101 - Why didn't anyone say 'Men, announcing the findings from the grand jury at 8 pm' is a bad idea? #Ferguson" Nov. 25 at 10:16 a.m.
- Elizabeth Lauten, now-resigned communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.):
"Put every idiot in Ferguson in jail tonight. This behavior is absolutely unacceptable. Don't care how mad you are- worst way to make a point" Nov. 25 at 1:33 a.m.
- Alyssa Farah, communications director for Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.):
"It may be time to step away from your keyboard and remember that regardless of tonight's decision, an 18-year-old kid is dead. #Ferguson" Nov. 24 at 10:08 p.m.
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