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Hill Climbers: Hill Homecoming for Financial Issues Expert

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Dina Ellis Rochkind serves as senior financial services counsel for Sen. Pat Toomey. She’s returning to the Hill after working for Chrysler.

Her two years of experience with banking issues helped secure Rochkind’s next post with the Senate Banking Committee, where she was principal legislative and legal adviser to then-Chairman Phil Gramm (R-Texas).

Rochkind went on to work for the Treasury Department in 2001 and then shifted over to the House Financial Services Committee in 2003.

But after four years with the committee, where she was the principal legislative adviser to Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) on consumer credit issues and financial institutions, she decided it was time for a change. Rochkind left the Hill to work for Chrysler.

Although she was in the private sector, she didn’t abandon financial issues completely. Working for the company’s government and Congressional affairs departments, Rochkind advocated for tax, financial service and health care issues on behalf of the automobile company.

But her long-standing interest in financial issues never went away, and when Toomey personally asked her to come join his office as senior financial services counsel, Rochkind couldn’t say no. And it sounds like she couldn’t be happier about her Hill homecoming.

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