ECONOMY: John Fleming tapped for Commerce post
President Trump has named former Rep. John Fleming as assistant secretary of Commerce for economic development, responsible for promoting innovation and competitiveness. Fleming has a background in medicine—first as a medical officer in the Navy, and later at his family-run practice in Louisiana. He was first elected to the House in 2008, leaving in 2016 to mount an unsuccessful bid for Senate. He has served as deputy assistant secretary for health technology at the Health and Human Services Department since March 2017.
CONGRESS: Doug Dziak is Enzi's new LD
Sen. Michael Enzi has hired Doug Dziak as legislative director. Dziak first came to the Hill in 2006, as counsel for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He then served as legislative director and general counsel to Sen. George Voinovich. Since 2011, he’s been in private practice, first as counsel with Nixon & Peabody, then as senior counsel at Holland & Knight.
LOBBYING: David Cohen rejoins Brownstein Hyatt
David Cohen has rejoined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as a shareholder in its government-relations department. He worked for the firm from 2006 to 2016 before becoming chief administrative officer for biometrics company CLEAR. He began his career as a staffer on the House Financial Services Committee before serving as chief of staff at the U.S. Customs Service. He was then deputy political director and deputy policy director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
POLLING: Missy Egelsky, David Walker promoted at GQR
Polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner has promoted Missy Egelsky and David Walker to senior vice presidents. Egelsky has worked at GQR since 1998, beginning as an intern. In the 2016 cycle, she advised then-New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan’s Senate campaign. Walker has worked at the firm since 2004 and has led its efforts on marijuana legalization and gun violence.
LAW: Jeff Landry takes over at NAAG
The National Association of Attorneys General late last week elected Louisiana’s Jeff Landry as president, taking over for Kansas’s Derek Schmidt. His term runs through 2019, during which Landry said he plans to focus on emergency and crisis management, including natural disasters, mass violence, and terrorism. District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine was elected as the group’s vice president.
Syd Terry is now legislative director for Rep. Jan Schakowsky; he was formerly senior legislative assistant for Rep. Mark Pocan. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner has hired Ben Steinhafel, formerly a staff assistant for Speaker Paul Ryan, as a legislative assistant for trade and armed services, among other issues. Rep. Joe Kennedy has promoted Eric Fins from senior legislative assistant to legislative counsel.