REGULA ORDER. Former Rep. Ralph Regula, R-Ohio, has just signed on as a senior adviser to Dawson & Associates, a government relations and consulting firm that focuses on environmental and water resource issues. Regula retired in 2009 after 36 years in Congress. Since that time, he's been living on his farm near Canton, Ohio, and still keeps a condo in Arlington, Va. At Dawson, Regula expects to deal with land issues, a subject he is especially familiar with from his time as chairman of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee from 1995-2001. From 2001-07, Regula chaired the Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee. Regula hoped to become chairman of the full Appropriations Committee in early 2005, but members of the Republican Steering Committee chose Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., instead. Regula still maintains a strong interest in education and he's been dealing with some of those issues with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Before serving in Congress, Regula was a teacher, principal and school board member in the Canton area. Reflecting on his time in Congress, he said, "I miss the committee work, where you could really shape things. I enjoyed serving in my role on the subcommittees, and I miss being able to help people." Regula added, "I've been a very accessible member. I've been home every weekend for the past 36 years." He expects to come back to Washington as needed for work with Dawson, and is not sure whether he'll register to lobby.
HOOSIER TALKER. Jonathan Kott, former press secretary to Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., has changed offices to become communications director to Rep. Brad Ellsworth, D-Ind. Earlier, Kott was a press secretary and speechwriter for Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind. David Arnold, formerly deputy press secretary, has been promoted in Weiner's office to replace Kott as press secretary.
FROYDIAN SLIP. Erica Froyd has taken a position with Lewis-Burke Associates, a government relations firm, and will work on health, biomedical research and matters involving the National Institutes of Health. Froyd previously worked as director of governmental and public affairs at the Society for Neuroscience. She was grassroots representative for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and spent time working for the Association of American Medical Colleges. Froyd has a bachelor's degree from Carleton College in Minnesota and a master's in public administration from George Washington University.
This article appears in the May 8, 2010, edition of NJ Daily.