The Grocery Manufacturers Association has added Michael Gruber as vice president of federal affairs. Gruber, who is a senior policy adviser on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will start his new job Oct. 1.
"His strong track record of building collaborative relationships on both sides of the aisle, ability to develop and execute winning legislative strategies and expertise in food, agriculture and environmental policy make him the right fit for GMA," Pamela G. Bailey, the organization's president and CEO, said in a statement. "Our members will benefit greatly from his seasoned leadership and communications experience."
Promotions at the Hartford
Lobbyist Jay Rosenblum has been promoted to senior vice president of government affairs at the Hartford. He replaces Matthew Kirk, who has become senior vice president of sales and distribution for the Hartford. Before he joined Hartford, Kirk served in the White House as deputy assistant for legislative affairs to President George W. Bush.
In addition, Laura Haines has been promoted to succeed Rosenblum as vice president of federal affairs.
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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