USA Today: GOP health care lobbyist to run House committee

Written by admin on December 14th, 2010

USA Today reports on another lobbyist returning through Washington’s revolving door to run a House committee.

USA Today

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced today that he has hired Gary Andres, who is leaving a vice chairman’s post at Dutko Worldwide for the Capitol Hill job.

According to Dutko’s website, health care and financial services are part of Andres’ policy portfolio. The House commerce committee is one of the key panels that played a role in shaping the health care law, and Upton has vowed that it will also be a player in dismantling the legislation when the GOP takes control next month.

Upton called Andres “a leading voice in Republican policy, always seeking solutions to advance our principles to limt the size and scope of government.”

In the same statement from Upton’s office, Andres said he was looking forward to his new job. “Republicans must deliver on our pledge to the American people by cutting spending, repealing Obamacare and helping create new jobs,” he said.

In 2007, Andres was named one of Washington’s top lobbyists by The Hill, a newspaper that covers Congress. He is a former deputy assistant for legislative affairs to President George H.W. Bush and was an adviser on the younger Bush’s presidential transition team. In 2008, Andres published Lobbying Reconsidered, a book about advocacy.

Upton is not alone in turning to K Street to help out the new Republican majority. The Washington Post reported last week lobbyists have been hired on the staffs of some newly elected Republicans, including Sen.-elect Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who railed about special interests and lobbyists during the campaign.


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