Top Barrasso Aide Joins Lobby Firm

Posted June 4, 2010 at 10:09am

The revolving door is swinging Friday with Sen. John Barrasso’s (R-Wyo.) Chief of Staff Shawn Whitman exiting for Kountoupes Consulting. Whitman has served in the Senate for nearly 16 years.

“Shawn’s progression in the office is a testament to his character and commitment to Wyoming,” Barrasso said in a statement. “Shawn has been a trusted advisor, an exceptional leader, and a good friend.”

Whitman’s new employer, Kountoupes, has several corporate clients including Best Buy Inc., Intel Corp., Gap Inc. and Growth Energy, according to Senate lobbying disclosure reports.

Whitman will be replaced by Dan Kunsman. A Wyoming native, Kunsman joins Barrasso’s office after spending nine years as a partner in the Wyoming-based public relations firm Brimmer Kunsman Communications.