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Health care lobbyist joins office of health care-focused senator

Posted by LegiStorm on June 20, 2016

As the Society of Thoracic Surgeons' assistant director of government relations, Elyssa Hesky Malin lobbied for a wide range of health care issues. Now, she's working on Capitol Hill for Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who's spent substantial time fighting against Big Tobacco.

Markey, who is a longtime advocate of health care and medical research, cites health, medical research and disabilities as his core priorities. This month, his office released a report on Chamber of Commerce tobacco lobbyists.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons represents more than 7,200 surgeons, researchers and other healthcare professionals specializing in surgeries of the heart, lung and esophagus. Malin joined Markey's last month as a global health research fellow after a two-year stint with the nonprofit.

Prior to lobbying for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Malin worked as a legislative and regulatory analyst for America's Health Insurance Plans and as a legislative assistant for Molina Healthcare.

Malin received an MBA and MA in government from Johns Hopkins and a BA in Spanish and international relations from the University of California, Davis.

Senate Foreign Relations staff head moves to nonprofit

Posted by LegiStorm on June 17, 2016

Jodi B. Herman, former Democratic staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is taking her foreign policy experience to the nonprofit world. She has left her position with the committee for a new job as vice president of government relations and external affairs at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

NED is a private foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. The nonprofit is funded primarily by congressional grants.

Herman began working for Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) in 2010, moving to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as chief counsel and deputy staff director in 2013. She's spent the last two years working for the committee as staff director. She also served Menendez, the former committee chairman, as an adviser on a range of international policy and diplomacy issues. Herman holds a JD degree George Washington University Law School and a degree in international/global studies from American University.

Senate staffer feeding his hunger for Congress

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on June 16, 2016

A legislative aide since May, Daniel Hogenkamp is one of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s most recent hires. The Vermont native, who reports to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), is also the founder of EasyMeals, a nonprofit that repurposes expiring food products to feed impoverished children in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina.

The startup, which Hogenkamp founded in June 2014, placed fourth in the Carolina Entrepreneurship Challenge and was awarded $1,000 in funding. EasyMeals was also a finalist in a United Way competition to reduce childhood hunger in the Triangle area.

Last summer, Hogenkamp served as a summer analyst at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He also worked as an organizing fellow for former Sen. Kay Hagan's (D-N.C.) unsuccessful reelection campaign in 2014.

Hogenkamp graduated last month from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in public policy and economics. He was named the school's Athletics Fan of the Year in 2013, which earned him a free trip to South Bend to watch the game again Notre Dame.

Ex legislative director now with the Joint Commission

Posted by LegiStorm on June 15, 2016

Adam Harbison has spent his last five years advising members of Congress on healthcare issues. But this month, his penchant for all things health has taken him from Capitol Hill to the Joint Commission, a nonprofit accreditor of medical organizations.

Harbison has spent the last five years working for Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va), advising the congressman on legislation and issues involving health care, agriculture, defense/homeland security, transportation and veterans' affairs. Harbison became senior policy adviser in 2013 and then legislative director with the same office until last month. Before that, Harbison served as Rep. David McKinley’s (R-W.V.) legislative assistant/special projects coordinator. 

He’s also worked at the Appalachian Regional Commission and interned for the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

He graduated with a degree in health care management from the University of Alabama, where he served as the national advocacy chair of Colleges Against Cancer and was named a USA Today Academic All-American.

 

Seasoned pro back on the Hill after a 15-year break

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on June 14, 2016

John Edgell has, by his own accounts, "convinced a half dozen members of Congress [to] bowl with frozen chickens," "had convicted felons disassemble an automobile in less than five minutes in front of the U.S. Capitol" and "convinced the Drug Enforcement Agency to build a meth lab for a congressional hearing." Now, he's putting his powers of persuasion to the test as Rep. Marcy Kaptur's (D-Ohio) communications director.

But Edgell isn't new to the Hill. From 1985 until 2001, he worked his way around the Democratic side of Congress, starting as a staff assistant for former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and eventually working his way up to legislative director for former Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass.) and then chief of staff for former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio).

Edgell then spent a few years lobbying on behalf of organizations such as the Wheat Gluten Industry Council, the National Candle Association and the Center for Patient Advocacy. Edgell, who holds a bachelor of business administration degree from James Madison University, has  worked on five presidential campaigns in all and several congressional campaigns.

From 2014 until he started with Kaptur last month, Edgell worked as a senior congressional officer at the U.S. Department of Labor. He's also served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management, where he recently co-taught a class titled "Influencing the Media."

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