This post has been updated. Originally published at 7:10 a.m.
Ben Finzel has joined communications firm Waggener Edstrom Worldwide as senior vice president. He will head up the firm's public affairs practice in D.C.
He most recently came from Widmeyer Communications, where he worked with clients such as the American Energy Innovation Council, the National Association for the Self-Employed and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Finzel is a former Clinton political appointee to the Energy Department, where managed communications for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Finzel also has Hill roots; in the 1990s, he served as press secretary for former Rep. Tim Valentine, D-N.C., and as legislative director for former New Mexico Bill Richardson during his time as a congressman.
--Sen. Tom Udall's longtime legislative director has been promoted to chief of staff. Michael Collins replaces outgoing chief of staff Tom Nagle, who is headed to downtown (more on that later).
Collins has been with the New Mexico Democrat for nearly 12 years, having worked for Udall when he served in the House.