HEALTH CARE: Hill veteran chambers joins Aetna
After 20 years as a Senate staffer, Glen Chambers is joining Aetna, the health insurance giant, to be its new vice president and head of federal affairs. Chambers spent the past six years as chief of staff for Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of the Republican leadership team. Chambers got his start on Capitol Hill with former Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, rising from legislative correspondent to chief of staff.
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS: Shuler joins BakerHostetler
One-time Washington Redskins quarterback Heath Shuler has increased Washington’s (job) turnover ratio once again, scoring a new gig on BakerHostetler’s federal-policy team. Shuler, who served as a North Carolina representative for three terms, was a prominent Blue Dog Democrat, which BakerHostetler believes will enable him to build bipartisan consensus. After leaving Congress, Shuler worked in government relations for Duke Energy Corp.
LAW: Campaign Legal Center adds SCOTUS litigator Paul Smith
The Campaign Legal Center has made a big-name addition, hiring Paul Smith, who argued and won the gay rights case Lawrence v. Texas before the Supreme Court. Smith will be CLC’s vice president of litigation and strategy, bringing experience in voting rights and redistricting law. The group expects its gerrymandering case—coming off a District Court victory in Wisconsin— to reach the Supreme Court, and it announced Smith will present the oral argument when it does.
FOOD: Political veteran joins National Restaurant Association
After years in GOP politics, Leslie Shedd is joining the NRA—not that NRA. The National Restaurant Association’s new vice president of communications has a Twitter bio that reads “#BunsNotGuns”. Shedd has worked for political campaigns and on the Hill, but the NRA is highlighting a different section of her résumé. “Leslie started out in the restaurant industry, working as a hostess, a waitress, a bartender, and eventually as a front of the house manager at Outback Steakhouse,” the group said in its release. Since then, Shedd has worked for GOP members of Congress, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Carly Fiorina’s presidential PAC and Kathy Szeliga’s Senate campaign in Maryland.
CONGRESS: Feinstein promotes two staffers
Sen. Dianne Feinstein named Jennifer Duck the Democratic staff director for the Senate Judiciary Committee. Duck has been Feinstein’s chief of staff since 2013. She has also worked for Pfizer and as counsel to Democratic Senate icons Tom Daschle and Edward Kennedy. Replacing Duck as Feinstein’s chief of staff is Steve Haro, who returns to the Hill after working in government affairs at the Department of Commerce. Haro’s congressional work includes stints with Sen. Martin Heinrich, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Rep. Xavier Becerra.
House Ways and Means Committee ranking member Richard Neal announced last week that he’s named Brandon Casey the committee’s Democratic chief of staff. Casey had been legislative director and tax counsel in Neal’s personal office.
Alex McDonough, the former top energy adviser to recently retired Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, has been scooped up by residential solar company Sunrun.
The American Iron and Steel Institute has hired Raphael Goodstein as its director of tax and trade policy. Goodstein has worked for Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and the American Automotive Policy Council.