The Hill: Lobbyists jockey for favored status with top House Republicans

Written by admin on November 10th, 2010

The Hill reports on K Street firms’  scramble to ‘readjust their lobbying rosters’ to take advantage of relationships with the incoming Republican House majority.

The Hill

“Well, I’ve never been shy about the fact that I worked for the House Republican leadership,” said Lehman, a partner at Holland & Knight who formerly worked as an aide for several GOP leaders, including ex-Speaker Dennis Hastert (Ill.).

“And clearly this is no time to be shy about that fact. I’ve been through the good times and the bad times as a House Republican — so yes, I’m telling people about my relationships.”

Lehman is one of many GOP lobbyists, most of them former Republican leadership aides, who stand to benefit from their party’s takeover of the House.

After two years of Democratic dominance in Washington, companies and trade associations are now likely to readjust their lobbying rosters to reflect the new GOP-controlled House.

“Whoever hires lobbyists, they are taking an inventory of who they have now and what working relationships they have with people on the Hill. They are figuring out what their needs are post-election,” said one Republican lobbyist.

Aside from Lehman, former leadership aides who could see their stock rise include Susan Hirschmann of Williams & Jensen, Dan Meyer of the Duberstein Group, John Feehery with Quinn Gillespie & Associates, Sam Geduldig at Clark, Lytle & Geduldig, Mark Isakowitz of Fierce, Isakowitz and Blalock and Drew Maloney of Ogilvy Government Relations.

 

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