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GOP Lobbyists Field Offers to Return to Hill

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Kathryn Lehman, now a lobbyist with Holland & Knight, shown here with then-White House Congressional liaison Nick Calio, is one of several K Streeters who could return to the Congressional payroll next year when the GOP takes control of the House.

Holland & Knight lobbyist Kathryn Lehman could also soon embark on her latest tour on Capitol Hill. A former DeLay staffer, Lehman has also worked for Energy Independence and Global Warming ranking member Jim Sensenbrenner (Wis.) and former House leaders Dennis Hastert (Ill.), Newt Gingrich (Ga.) and Deborah Pryce (Ohio).

Looking for Diversity

Bringing on Lehman would help stave off an expected dearth of top female talent in the incoming House majority.

“She’s somebody who could definitely come back,” a downtown GOP source said.

GOP leaders may also try to persuade Sanofi-Aventis lobbyist Sally Canfield to return to Capitol Hill. In addition to working for McCrery, she was also a Hastert leadership aide and has done political work for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, including as the domestic policy adviser for his Commonwealth political action committee.

Former House Republican Conference aide Seth Webb is also expected to be a recruit for top leadership jobs. A lobbyist at Google, Webb was also a GOP staff director on the House Rules Committee.

Another former GOP aide interviewed for this article predicted that it could be a month or more before leadership offices begin reaching out to the lobbying community to staff top jobs.

“There’s a lot of time,” the source said. “The committees don’t even have chairmen until the middle of December. They’re obviously not going to be hiring staff directors or counsels until they’ve won their chairmanship.”

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