“T.J. brings valuable policy and political experience to our team,” Kunde said in a statement. “He will give key decision makers greater access to our company, serving as an advocate for Darden and continuing to build and foster relationships in Washington, D.C.”
Darden’s brands include Red Lobster, Olive Garden and the Capital Grille.
• The American Nurses Association has brought on April Canter as its associate director of government affairs. A former House Oversight and Government Reform Committee staffer, she was also a director at Prime Advocacy and manager of advocacy and government relations for the GRAMMY Awards.
Kate Ackley and Steve Peoples contributed to this report.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.