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Lobbyists Tanner, Pheto, and Battle Start New Jobs

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Former Rep. John Tanner (right) joined Prime Policy Group as vice chairman but has also signed with Miller & Martin.

One post-Congress gig apparently wasn’t enough for ex-Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.).

The former Blue Dog announced in January that he was joining the Washington, D.C., lobbying firm Prime Policy Group as vice chairman. Now he also is signing on with the Nashville, Tenn.-based law firm Miller & Martin as counsel.

Tanner will advise Miller & Martin’s clients in areas such as tax and tariffs, international business development, foreign relations, and military affairs, the law firm said in a statement.

“Congressman Tanner has made a positive and significant difference in the lives of Tennesseans and all Americans. Now he has the opportunity to share that unique experience with our firm and our clients,” Miller & Martin Chairman Melvin Malone said in the statement.

Tanner isn’t the only K Streeter with job news recently.

Longtime Congressional staffer Beverly Pheto, most recently the staff director of the House Appropriations Committee, has signed on with the lobbying firm Polsinelli Shughart as a senior policy adviser.

Pheto has also served as the Democratic staff director of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, and Roll Call has included her in its annual Fabulous 50 staffers list.

Among the advocates in her new firm are former Reps. Martin Frost (D-Texas) and Kenny Hulshof (R-Mo.), as well as former House Appropriations staff member Anita Estell.

Meanwhile, Capitol Counsel has nabbed tax lobbyist Dena Battle as a principal. Battle most recently worked at the National Association of Manufacturers, and before that she worked at the National Federation of Independent Business.

On the Hill, Battle worked for Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), who is now chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

“As one of Washington’s premier boutique lobbying firms, Capitol Counsel has earned an excellent reputation for its established expertise in taxes, healthcare, and trade,” Battle said in a statement about joining the firm.

Former Rep. Jim McCrery (R-La.), who is now a Capitol Counsel lobbyist, said in the statement, “Dena’s in-depth tax expertise will be tremendously beneficial to our clients.”

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