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A Senate Armed Services Committee clerk for the Democrats has found new work managing government relations for General Dynamics Corp.
Travis Smith took his new job in May after leaving the Senate in February, where he worked for nearly a decade. He started as staff assistant on the Senate Rules and Administration Committee in 2006, joining the Armed Services Committee in 2007 as special assistant.
General Dynamics is a leading defense company with a long history of seeking influence on the Hill. The company employs lobbyists on a variety of issues, including defense funding, education, taxes and the Export-Import Bank.
Smith started on the Hill after graduating from the University of Mary Washington in 2006 with a bachelor's in political science.
She's competed in figure skating, worked as a video game researcher, interned for the 2012 Mitt Romney campaign and been crowned Miss Ohio USA. Now, Madison Gesiotto is partway through law school and serving as a clerk on the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.
The Ohio State University grad hasn't slowed through years of competition, coaching and philanthropy - she also started a new internship at the Washington Times this week. She jumped into pageantry several years ago after nudging from her sister and mother.
Gesiotto, whose green sequined dress sparkled in a New York Times profile of the "pageant king of Alabama" last year, brought her skills to the Hill in May. After becoming Miss Ohio in 2013, she said she planned to start law school and promote political awareness among young people.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch may have waited months for Congress to give her the job, but one of her first moves has sparked reactions in Hill hallways and around the world.
On Twitter, members and staffers praised Lynch's investigation of top FIFA officials and poked fun at Americans' relationship with the top international sport. These are their top tweets over the last week:
"@SeppBlatter is a champion of the people. #saidnooneever #FIFA"
"FIFA execs say indictments were US revenge for not getting World Cup. They do know most Americans have never heard of it, right?"
"Wonder if the new #FIFA Playstation/XBox game will let you bribe FIFAexecutives"
"As a former soccer player, I appreciate @TheJusticeDept efforts in #FIFAarrests. Conduct undermines integrity of the world's unifying sport."
"Who among us hasn't taken $250,000 from Qatar's corrupt World Cup committee? http://t.co/CJtB1S5eev"
"hard to think of a better way for Loretta Lynch to score conservative street cred than busting an international soccer organization."
"Loretta Lynch already acting like a badass exposing the rampant corruption in #fifa"
"FIFA officials are apparently not too big to fail/too big to jail."
"Why is it "breaking news" that FIFA is corrupt?"
"Is it just me, or is reading about #FIFA corruption entirely more interesting than actually watching soccer matches?
For most Hill staffers, their background before arriving in Washington includes fellowships and top-level undergraduate and law degrees. But for one new scheduler, her recent job history includes running her own wedding planning business.
Natalie Armijo founded Oh, So Natty LLC in July 2014, specializing in day-of event coordination, including weddings and other events in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area. She started the business several years after leaving Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town where she was event ambassador, coordinating events.
"From the rehearsal, to chair covers, to fluffing the bride's dress when she walks down the aisle, to the champagne toast...Every detail is covered," Armijo writes on her business' website.
Now, Armijo works for Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) in a job that also requires a high-level of day-to-day coordination. Her other experience includes working for Sandia National Laboratories, The Garrity Group and DW Turner Communications.
Armijo has a 2007 bachelor's in mass communication, journalism and Spanish and an MBA in marketing in 2010 from the University of New Mexico.
Rep. Doug Lamborn's (R-Colo.) deputy chief of staff and military legislative assistant will be working on similar issues with a new job on the outside at the Heritage Foundation.
Justin Johnson, a veteran defense policy staffer, took a position this month as senior budget analyst for defense budgeting policy at the Heritage Foundation after leaving Lamborn's staff. Johnson started with Lamborn in 2013 and also worked as legislative assistant and director for Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) between 2005 and 2013.
Heritage's advocacy wing lobbies on a variety of issues and the foundation sponsors trips for members and staffers, including one for Johnson in 2012 to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His overnight trip cost Heritage $265 for meetings on leadership lessons derived from the Battle of Gettysburg and battlefield site tours.
Johnson also served as a Heritage George Marshall Fellow in 2012. He has a 2003 bachelor's from Covenant College and a 2012 master's in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
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