The Nickles Group today announced that Don Kent, chief of staff to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), is joining the group as vice president on Oct. 1.
"Don brings policy know-how and a deep understanding of the business impact Washington's actions can have," said former Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.) in a statement. "His diverse background makes him a tremendous asset to our team."
In addition to his Senate ties, Kent spent four years working for former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff as his senior adviser and as assistant secretary for legislative affairs, a role that made him the department's chief liaison with Congress. His K Street experience includes a stint with the firm Navigators Global.
Brandi Wilson White, policy adviser and counsel to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), will join the government relations office of Eastman Chemical Co. next month.
A Tennessee native, White is a former appointee in the Justice Department's office of legal policy and previously worked for then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).
Eastman Chemical is headquartered in east Tennessee. White holds a legal and undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee.
The Emergency Committee for American Trade has brought on Stephen Schaefer, formerly chief international trade counsel for the Senate Finance Committee's Republican staff, as its new vice president. He starts Oct. 1.
"In the months ahead, Stephen will be working with us to advance ECAT's mission - promoting economic growth through the expansion of international trade and investment," said Calman Cohen, ECAT's president, in a statement.
WPP Brands Merge In
The Dewey Square Group is teaming up with its fellow WPP-owned shop Hill + Knowlton Strategies, the firms announced this week. But Dewey Square will maintain its own brand.
Chuck Campion, chairman of the Dewey Square Group, said in a press release that his company has been coordinating with H+K Strategies on a number of different projects. Joe Eyer, director of the Dewey Square Group's grass-roots practice, will become head of H+K's global public affairs practice.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.