The 112th Congress may already be under way, but K Street firms are still working to staff up.
Lighthouse Consulting Group, a boutique lobbying shop that specializes in energy and environmental issues, has tapped Catrina Rorke as its legislative director. Rorke spent the past two years as chief energy adviser to ex-Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.), and before that she was with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“We stole Catrina, fair-and-square, from NOAA when she was assigned to my office for a fellowship,” Inglis, who served on the Science and Technology Committee, said in a statement. “Once there, we weren’t going to let her go. It was already a very effective team at Lighthouse, and Merribel Ayres has made her team even more effective by adding Catrina!” Ayres is president of Lighthouse.
The National Multi Housing Council also has snapped up a new advocate: Hill veteran Cindy Chetti will be the group’s senior vice president of government affairs. Chetti, who spent 20 years working in the House, will be the point person for all legislative and regulatory issues.
Most recently, she was the lead staff member on housing issues for the House Financial Services Committee, where she spent 10 years as a Republican aide. She began her career as an aide to former Rep. Marge Roukema (R-N.J.).
David Huether, the chief economist at the National Association of Manufacturers, has traveled over to the U.S. Travel Association’s research department.
But lobbying firms aren’t looking just for staffers who have Republican connections.
Jay Driscoll, most recently a lobbyist for CTIA, will join the firm Cauthen Forbes & Williams on Tuesday. (Driscoll is the husband of Roll Call Deputy Editor Erin Billings.)
Prior to joining CTIA, Driscoll served as the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance’s legislative director, and he spent three years in the office of Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), where he focused on technology issues.
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.