Higdon’s years of experience in D.C. have taken him off the Hill to work for Cornerstone Government Affairs, where he is now a vice president.
“For over a decade, Michael has served in my inner circle as a trusted friend, erudite leader, and thoughtful advisor on a wide spectrum of political and policy issues before the Congress,” Rogers said in a statement. “He shares a deep understanding and heart-felt commitment to Kentucky, the Appropriations Committee, and public service and I know he will serve others with excellent care.”
David Thomas, a former chief of staff for Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., and executive director of the Republican Main Street Partnership, will be Rogers’ new top aide.
Geographically, Higdon will not be leaving Capitol Hill: Cornerstone is located one block east of the Library of Congress. The firm launched a national expansion effort in 2008, opening six additional offices.
The appropriations team recently added Erik Fatemi, the former staff director for Senate Labor-Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Nelson Peacock, former assistant secretary for legislative affairs at the Homeland Security Department.
In addition to working with familiar faces, Michael and his wife Jamie, welcomed a new one to the family on Oct. 28, Elliette Grace. Higdon’s wife, an Orlando, Fla., native, is an alumna of Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky.
Michael and Jamie, who have been together for four years, met through a church event and continued to connect through the similarities in their lines of work.
“If anything, Kentucky brought us together. We found common ground in the Commonwealth,” Higdon said. “We raise our kids to root for the [University of Kentucky] Cats.”
Judging from Facebook photos of the newborn — already decked out in UK gear — the Higdons plan on keeping their Kentucky ties regardless of vocation and location.
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Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.