Longtime Democratic House leadership aide Mike Hacker will join consulting firm HDMK on July 1 as senior vice president.
“This is a significant addition to our team and to HDMK’s capabilities to serve current and future clients. We’re very pleased that Mike chose HDMK because someone with his skill set and experience could have gone just about anywhere,” HDMK founding partner Terry Holt said.
Hacker has worked the past four years for Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.), most recently as floor director and senior adviser. Before that he was director of government affairs at Quinn Gillespie & Associates.
The University of Michigan grad began his work in Congress for Michigan Democrats David Bonior, now a former Congressman, and Rep. John Dingell.
HDMK offers services including public affairs strategies, management of coalition efforts and message campaigns, crisis communications and media training.
Wilson Keeps Boosting Staff
Former Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) has hired Todd Harris as general consultant to her campaign for the state’s open Senate seat. Harris was a top adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in his campaign last year.
Wilson has also hired pollster Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies, and Steve Meyers will be her fundraising direct mail consultant. Wilson previously announced Bryce Dustman will serve as campaign manager.
Deschamps Is Champ in Montana
Montana Republican Party Chairman Will Deschamps was re-elected easily Saturday to another two-year term.
Deschamps defeated Mark French, a tea-party-aligned candidate who challenged Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) in the primary last year. Rehberg is challenging Sen. Jon Tester (D) next year.
“This 2012 election may be one of the most important elections we’ve had in Montana in a long, long time,” Deschamps said, according to the Missoulian. “Not just the fact we have a triple crown of big elections (U.S. Senate, House and governor), but there’s an awful lot at stake.”
Poersch Parks at New Firm
Jennifer Yocham Poersch recently joined Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates as senior vice president. She had been president of fundraising and strategic planning firm JYP Consulting.
Poersch has led Democratic fundraising efforts for Sens. Jack Reed (R.I.) and Tom Udall (N.M.) and former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.), as well as for Rep. Jay Inslee (Wash.) and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton. Poersch was also a senior adviser to Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.) during her first stint as Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairwoman.
Poersch was chief fundraiser for former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s presidential campaign and deputy finance director for Sen. Joe Lieberman’s (I-Conn.) presidential campaign.
She is married to J.B. Poersch, the former DSCC executive director.
Angle Aide Signs On at SBA List
The Susan B. Anthony List, which works to elect female anti-abortion-rights politicians, has hired Ciara Matthews as communications director.
Matthews served last cycle as deputy communications director for 2010 Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R). She previously served as communications director at the Nevada Republican Party and worked in communications and development at Nevada Right to Life.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.