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Former Senate staffer Laura Chambers seems to have outgrown Capitol Hill, as she is now director of government affairs at the Fertilizer Institute.
Chambers worked for Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) from late 2010 until earlier this month. She was a legislative assistant for the West Virginia Democrat for the past year.
The Fertilizer Institute is the industry's policy and communications voice in the United States. The Institute lobbies on a variety of issues including natural gas, environmental regulation and transportation.
While in Rockefeller's office, Chambers handled environmental protection, agriculture and natural resources issues. She studied business administration and marketing at West Virginia University.
Rockefeller is slated to retire this year, putting a large and seasoned staff on the market for new jobs.
Laura Ringdahl, a former House staffer in four different member offices, has left Congress for a position at the National Association of Manufacturers.
Most recently a senior legislative assistant in Rep. Tom Reed's (R-N.Y.) office, Ringdahl is now director of government relations at the manufacturing trade association.
Commonly known as NAM, the Association is the largest of its kind in the United States, representing more than 10,000 manufacturing companies. NAM advocates for its clients on a variety of issues, including industry rules, environmental regulations and patents.
Ringdahl's congressional career started in late 2008 with a brief stint as staff assistant for Rep. Phil English (R-Pa.). She later worked for Reps. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.) and Candice Miller (R-Mich.). She joined Reed's staff as legislative assistant in early 2012.
Ringdahl holds a bachelor's in political science from Colgate University.
A staffer-turned-lobbyist has returned to the same House office after less than a year of lobbying for the American Petroleum Institute.
Osborne Crosby returned to Rep. Rodney Davis' (R-Ill.) office as counsel, leaving his counsel position at API. Crosby worked as a law clerk in Davis' office from August 2013 until the end of the year, before leaving for API.
Davis is on record as supporting a reduction in natural resource regulation and supports the construction of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.
API is the largest oil and gas trade organization in the United States, boasting more than 500 member corporations. According to its website, API "speak[s] for the oil and natural gas industry to the public, Congress and the executive branch, state governments and the media."
According to filings, Crosby lobbied energy issues on API's behalf during the first and second quarters of this year.
Crosby holds a JD from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law and an LLM in energy, environment and natural resources law from George Washington University.
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) picked the cream of the crop with the selection of his newest agriculture legislative assistant.
Judd Gardner has returned to the Hill after a five-year absence, including three years of lobbying. After earning his master's degree in agricultural sciences from West Texas A&M University in 2011, Gardner became a government relations consultant for Combest, Sell and Associates LLC. During the last lobbying quarter, he assisted the USA Rice Federation with issues related to S. 2389, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for 2015. The bill was reported by the Senate Appropriations Committee in May.
In his role as legislative assistant, Gardner is handling agriculture, environment and trade issues for Moran. The Kansan Republican sits on the Senate Appropriations' Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Subcommittee. Previously, Gardner interned for the House Agriculture Committee in 2009.
Clint Woods, a former conservative activist, has left his post on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee's Environment Subcommittee in favor of a position at the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies.
Woods, a Republican professional staff member on House Science since 2011, joins AAPCA as executive director. He served as a professional staff member under the Environment Subcommittee's chairman, Chris Stewart (R-Utah).
From June 2010 to June 2011, Woods served as director of the energy, environment and agriculture task force at American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that has attracted attention for its funding from the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.
Founded in early 2013 with 17 member states, AAPCA was launched as an alternative organization to the National Association of Clean Air Agencies due to NACAA's friendly stance toward the EPA and its regulations. The Association's stated goal is to implement polices which put its member states in compliance with the Clean Air Act.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won 11 of the 17 member states in the 2012 election and the membership also includes swing states Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Woods holds a bachelor's in history from Mary Washington College and earned a master's in international commerce and policy from George Mason University.
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