VETERANS: Mark Szymanski aims to accurately portray vets
Mark Szymanski last week left his post as head of communications and constituent engagement for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and moved to Got Your 6, a campaign that works to accurately portray veterans on film, television, and in the media. And it was none too soon. On Monday, the organization commemorated D-Day by hosting 125 volunteers to clean up the World War II Memorial, and welcomed an Honor Flight of WWII veterans from the Bay Area to the monument. Szymanski has also directed communications at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform, and served as a speechwriter for the Environmental Protection Agency.
LAW: Mike Ferguson joins BakerHostetler
Former New Jersey Rep. Mike Ferguson will lead the federal policy team at BakerHostetler, joining the firm after heading his own policy shop in D.C. Ferguson, a four-term Republican, left Congress in 2009. “We’re excited that Mike chose to bring his years of experience in government, public service and strategic consulting to lead our Federal Policy group,” BakerHostetler Chairman Steven Kestner said in a statement.
POLITICS: Antoinette Rangel to join Clinton campaign
Antoinette Rangel, a mainstay of the White House press operation through most of the Obama presidency, is moving on. Armed with her new law degree from Georgetown University, Rangel told friends and colleagues, “I am moving to Brooklyn … to go work as counsel on the Hillary campaign.” Less than a month after her graduation, she said, “I wanted to put that new law degree to use.” For the last year, Rangel has stood guard outside press secretary Josh Earnest’s office as a special assistant. Prior to that, she was deputy director of Hispanic media after a stint as a press assistant and wrangler. Univision once named her one of the 15 most influential Latinos or Latinas in the executive branch.
POLITICS: Pat Murray becomes campaign manager for Van Hollen
After a hard-fought win in Maryland’s Senate primary, Rep. Chris Van Hollen is bringing on a new campaign manager as he prepares for the general election. Pat Murray, the Maryland Democratic Party’s executive director, will lead the campaign. Van Hollen called his work for state Democrats “top-notch.” Murray has previously held roles at Johns Hopkins University, the Maryland state House and Senate, and in numerous campaigns around the country.
CONSULTING: Michael Steel joins Hamilton Place
Michael Steel, the longtime press secretary for former House Speaker John Boehner, is moving to Hamilton Place Strategies as a managing director. “We’re thrilled Michael is joining our team,” said HPS partner Matt McDonald. Steel most recently worked on Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, following Boehner’s resignation from Congress. He also served as spokesman for Paul Ryan when he ran for vice president in 2012. Steel joins other former top press flacks at Hamilton Place, such as Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign spokesman Kevin Madden and former White House deputy press secretary Tony Fratto.
Sam Chiron has been hired as the press secretary for Democratic Rep. Sam Farr of California. Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois has hired Sarah Dolan as his new press secretary. Liz Hill is joining the office of GOP Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas as communications director.