Brairton, who starts later this month, leaves a post as director of federal government affairs at Eli Lilly & Co., where she focused on health care reform, Medicare and Medicaid issues. She previously was a senior legislative assistant to House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas). Brairton’s 15-year career also included stints on the staff of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and at the National Federation of Independent Business.
From Senate to Mouse
Mike Castellano is leaving the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to join the Washington, D.C., office of Walt Disney Co. as vice president of government relations, handling intellectual property and trade issues.
As senior counsel and senior policy adviser to Reid, Castellano focused on international trade, intellectual property rights and cyber security, among other areas. His previous jobs included Democratic trade counsel on the House Ways and Means Committee, and trade and tax counsel to Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), the panel’s ranking Democrat.
The Air Transport Association is also balancing out its GOP presence with the arrival of Christine Burgeson, a former senior lobbyist for President George W. Bush, as senior vice president for global government affairs.
Burgeson is just the latest of several additions to ATA’s advocacy team since Nicholas E. Calio took over as president and CEO in January. Burgeson was managing director of federal government affairs in Washington for Citigroup, where Calio had previously been executive vice president for global government affairs. In the White House, Burgeson served as special assistant to Bush for legislative affairs.
The Susan B. Anthony List is launching a new public policy initiative, a soon-to-be-named institute that will focus on backing up its anti-abortion message with scientific analysis on maternal and reproductive health.
Spear-heading the effort will be Chuck Donovan, the former legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee. Donovan also worked in the Reagan White House and served as vice president for the conservative Family Research Council.
“Chuck joins the SBA List team at a most critical moment in fighting the most consequential civil rights battle of our time,” said organization president Marjorie Dannenfelser in a statement. “The science and data informing historic levels of debate on the abortion issue are critical to” the group’s objectives, she said.
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.