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Citigroup Bolsters Washington Office


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Financial giant Citigroup is beefing up its Washington office, hiring former Bush administration Treasury official John Emling as co-head of its federal legislative affairs shop with his Democratic counterpart to be named later, National Journal has learned.

Emling, who starts Tuesday, is one of Candi Wolff’s first major hires after she took over Citi’s Washington office in May at a time when regulators in Washington and around the world are imposing new rules on the financial service industry.


Wolff and Emling are no strangers. When she worked as President George W. Bush’s chief lobbyist from 2005 to 2007, Emling reported to her.

"John brings years of experience and expertise in financial services and consumer issues as well as a wealth of experience on Capitol Hill and the executive branch,” Wolff told National Journal in a statement. “He will be a great addition to the team and we look forward to his leadership on federal legislative issues."

Emling joins Citi from Glover Park Group, where he’s been a managing director since January. Prior to GPG, Emling was the senior vice president of government affairs at the Retail Industry Leaders Association. His government service includes stints in the White House and Treasury legislative affairs offices. Emling also served as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s chief of staff when the Virginia Republican was chief deputy whip.


Citigroup is a major Washington player, spending more than $5.8 million on lobbying last year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

In other financial industry news, Capitol Hill veteran Melissa Shuffield joins JPMorgan Chase as a vice president of communications and corporate affairs. Shuffield will be based in Orlando, where she’ll work with former GOP Sen. Mel Martinez, the bank’s chairman of Florida, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, promoting the bank in Florida and serving as the company’s liaison to the Hispanic media.

She heads to Chase from Weber Shandwick and previously served as press secretary to GOP Sens. John McCain and Martinez.


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