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Dairy lobbyist heads from pasture to Hill

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Feb. 16, 2018

After working as a dairy lobbyist, assistant swimming coach and bicycle-racing attorney, Katey Price can now add "Hill staffer" to her eclectic resume.

The Pennsylvania native is now communications director for Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.). She most recently worked as director of research and policy at Precision Campaign Group.

Price previously worked as a dairy lobbyist at the Tipton Group and as executive director of the Cheese Importers Association of America. She has also worked as an assistant swim coach for the Potomac, Md.-based Raiders Swim Club and as a staff attorney to USA Cycling, bike racing's governing body.

Rep. Panetta hires University of Iowa lobbyist

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Feb. 15, 2018

Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) has hired his third legislative director since taking office last year.

Matthew Manning, who starts with Panetta's office this month, comes from the University of Iowa, where he lobbied on issues including the National Defense Authorization Act, self-driving cars and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration flood-forecasting programs.

Manning has also worked as an associate at defense-consultling firm Jacques & Associates and as a military legislative assistant to ex-Rep. John Ashford (D-Neb.). He handles Panetta's armed forces, international affairs and government operations portfolios.

Pro-life groups snags Sen. Daines counsel

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Feb. 14, 2018

After years with one of the Senate's biggest pro-life champions, a former congressional aide is taking his fight to Americans United for Life.

Brad Kehr is now government-affairs counsel for AUL, a self-designated "legal arm of the pro-life movement." The charity lobbies on a number of anti-abortion issues through its advocacy arm, AUL Action.

Kehr had worked for Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) since 2013, most recently as counsel. Daines has recently cosponsored a spate of anti-abortion legislation, including a proposal that would have expanded the Child Tax Credit to apply to fetuses.

Sen. Blunt hires Family Research Council lobbyist

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Feb. 13, 2018

After two years with the controversial Family Research Council, a pro-life lobbyist has taken his first job on the Hill.

Andrew Guernsey started yesterday as a legislative assistant to Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). He handles the senator's abortion and religious-freedom portfolios, both issues that he lobbied on with the FRC. Guernsey joined the FRC after graduating from Johns Hopkins University, where he founded a Voice for Life group.

The FRC advocates for traditional religious views, which include strong opposition to abortion, stem-cell research and same-sex marriage. The advocacy group has attracted the ire of liberal organizations, and the Southern Poverty Law Center even designates the FRC as an anti-gay "hate group."

Rep. Renacci loses health aide to Marwood Group

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Feb. 12, 2018

After a stint handling Rep. Jim Renacci's (R-Ohio) health-care portfolio, a Hill aide has moved on to a health-care consulting firm.

Mark Galay is now a senior associate at the Marwood Group. He had worked for Renacci's office since 2015, most recently as a legislative assistant.

Renacci last year declared his run for Ohio governor rather than seek reelection to Congress, before announcing last month that he is instead running for the U.S. Senate. He has lost a number of high-level staffers in recent months, including former chief of staff Surya Gunasekara (now at Capitol Hill Consulting Group).

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