The Retail Industry Leaders Association has picked up Bill Hughes, a longtime Capitol Hill veteran, as its new top federal lobbyist.
Hughes most recently was chief of staff to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and previously served as a lobbyist for General Electric Co. His Hill career also included stints as Republican staff director for the Senate Commerce Committee and as policy director for then-Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.).
The RILA also added Christine Pollack as vice president of government affairs. She will focus on health care policy.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.