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Feb. 26, 2014, 10:51 a.m.

GO­ING TO JOSEPH. After more than a dec­ade in pub­lic ser­vice, it was time for Chani Wig­gins to jump ship. Wig­gins, most re­cently as­sist­ant sec­ret­ary for le­gis­lat­ive af­fairs at the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cur­ity, has been named a prin­cip­al with the Joseph Group LLC, a lob­by­ing firm spe­cial­iz­ing in tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions, en­ergy and home­land se­cur­ity is­sues. “Work­ing for the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion was an in­cred­ible ex­per­i­ence, but I was ready to get back to my roots,” she said. Be­fore her ap­point­ment at DHS, Wig­gins spent more than a dec­ade work­ing for mem­bers in both cham­bers, cul­min­at­ing in a stint as le­gis­lat­ive dir­ect­or for Sen. Claire Mc­Caskill, D-Mo. She also was deputy chief of staff to former Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn.; le­gis­lat­ive and com­mu­nic­a­tions dir­ect­or for Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich.; a seni­or aide to Sen. Tom Har­kin, D-Iowa; and a le­gis­lat­ive as­sist­ant on the Sen­ate Health, Edu­ca­tion, Labor and Pen­sions Com­mit­tee. Dur­ing her ten­ure on the Hill, Wig­gins also launched the first Bi­par­tis­an Le­gis­lat­ive Dir­ect­ors Group to strengthen re­la­tion­ships across the aisle. Wig­gins’ po­s­i­tion with the Joseph Group will be her first job in the private sec­tor since her days as a re­port­er for Flor­ida news­pa­pers in the early 1990s. The Uni­versity of Flor­ida journ­al­ism stu­dent moved to Wash­ing­ton nearly 15 years ago, after work­ing as an op­pos­i­tion re­search­er on the 1996 Sen­ate cam­paign of former Char­lotte, N.C., May­or Har­vey Gantt, who was un­suc­cess­ful in his bid to un­seat the late Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C.

EX­PAND­ING CYPRESS. The Cypress Group has made two hires in its ad­vocacy di­vi­sion: former Treas­ury of­fi­cial King Mueller and former con­gres­sion­al staffer Robert Bailey. Mueller, who has been named man­aging dir­ect­or of Cypress Ad­vis­ory, was former Treas­ury Sec­ret­ary Henry Paulson’s deputy li­ais­on to Con­gress dur­ing the mael­strom im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the cred­it and hous­ing crisis of late 2008. He was in­stru­ment­al in craft­ing the Hous­ing and Eco­nom­ic Re­cov­ery Act and the Emer­gency Eco­nom­ic Sta­bil­ity Act of that year. Pre­vi­ously, Mueller had been a policy aide and tax coun­sel for former Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er Trent Lott, R-Miss. Mueller re­ceived law and busi­ness de­grees from the Uni­versity of South Car­o­lina and a bach­el­or’s de­gree from the Col­lege of Char­le­ston. Bailey joins Cypress Ad­vis­ory as an as­so­ci­ate. He is a former aide to Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and holds a bach­el­or’s de­gree from the Uni­versity of Vir­gin­ia. He is pur­su­ing a mas­ter’s de­gree at Geor­getown Uni­versity.

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