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Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Sept. 19, 2014

A Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) staff assistant and the granddaughter of a former Kentucky senator and baseball Hall of Famer has moved to K Street.

Amanda Bunning is now coordinator of government affairs at Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. She joined McConnell's staff in April 2013 after working as a math teacher in Lexington, Ky., and is a University of Georgia graduate.

Bunning's grandfather, Jim Bunning, served in the House and Senate after playing professional baseball.

McConnell and Jim Bunning were Kentucky's senators until the former senator's retirement in 2011. Discussion swirled before his retirement that McConnell was seeking to force him out, fearing Republicans would lose the seat. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) won the election to succeed Jim Bunning, with Bunning backing him.

Another of Jim Bunning's grandchildren, Eric William Bunning, also works on Capitol Hill. He is a legislative assistant for Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.).

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on Sept. 17, 2014

Rep. Steve Womack's (R-Ark.) legislative director has moved to major lobby and law firm Alston and Bird LLP.

Chris Huffaker became an Alston and Bird associate this month after leaving the congressman's office. He started as legislative director for Womack in May 2012.

Huffaker graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 2007 and the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2010. He came to Capitol Hill as Womack's legislative assistant in 2011 after working as field representative on the Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) campaign.

Huffaker also has interned with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and did his first stint in Washington as a legislative extern in 2010.

Adrielle Churchill has been named Womack's legislative director in Huffaker's place after serving as legislative counsel. She holds a law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law and has worked for Womack since 2011. Thanks in part to her operatic talents, she was also Miss Arkansas USA in 2010.



Posted by LegiStorm on Sept. 16, 2014

Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-La.) nephew, one of several of her relatives with Capitol Hill ties, is back at the Senate.

Tyler Landrieu, a 2014 New York University graduate, first came to the Hill in 2008 as a Senate page, a paid job bestowed upon high school juniors. In August, he returned to take a real job as research assistant with the Senate Finance Committee.

Tyler Landrieu earned a bachelor's degree in economics and spent summers during college working for the New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo campaign, the Receivables Exchange and Raymond James Financial Inc.

But the committee's new employee is just one Landrieu family member in a network that goes back several years on the Hill. Tyler Landrieu's' brother, Jacques Landrieu, the senator's son Connor Snellings and nieces Hannah Sensenbrenner, Erica Sensenbrenner and Claire Landrieu were also Senate pages. Niece Grace Landrieu was a page in 2005 and page coordinator in 2007.

The senator's cousin, Kent Satterlee III, is also a Shell Oil Co. lobbyist and her husband, Frank Snellings, is a prominent Washington real estate agent.


Posted by LegiStorm on Sept. 15, 2014

Fresh off a journey to the Middle East, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) will hold a town hall meeting in her district to discuss ISIS.

Although domestic issues usually dominate in congressional town hall events before midterm elections, Hartzler's focus on ISIS is an example of how Republicans are trying to highlight President Obama's handling of the emerging threat.

Hartzler and other members of the House Armed Services Committee visited Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco during the 10-day meeting with heads of state and defense officials from the region. At the meeting next week in Harrisonville, Mo., she plans to discuss the threat ISIS poses to U.S. allies in the region.

Some of Hartzler's travel companions have not been shy about speaking up about lessons from their trip. Upon his return, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) urged Obama in a press release to "get off the sidelines" and start leading. In a statement last week, Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) cited a lack of leadership on the issue, calling it "deeply concerning and downright dangerous."

Following a speech from Obama in which he outlined his administration's strategy for dealing with ISIS, Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), who serves as chair of the Armed Services Committee, held an event outlining his own plan, which emphasizes ground troops and firepower to "wipe them out."

Obama's strategy relies on airstrikes and the training of rebels. So far, he has been reluctant to commit ground troops to the effort.


Posted by John Brodish on Sept. 12, 2014

A legislative staffer for Rep. Rich Nugent (R-Fla.) has left Congress to be director of government affairs for The Charles Group LLC, a lobbying and consulting firm.

Laura Cooper was most recently a legislative assistant for Nugent's office. She began working for Nugent in 2011 as legislative correspondent, and was promoted to legislative assistant later that year.  Cooper covered issues related to the environment and animals, government operations, public lands, Native Americans, science and transit.

Cooper holds a bachelor's in history from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  

The Charles Group bills itself as " chiefly for those focused on law enforcement, homeland security, high technology and national security sectors."

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