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Lobbyists working on Capitol Hill to influence policy and legislation are required to disclose details of their contacts and pay with the U.S. House and Senate. Any organization that employs a lobbyist also has to register. Former members of Congress, former congressional staffers and former high-level regulators who now work as lobbyists — the so-called “revolving door” — are required to disclose their former positions.

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Kathleen Abernathy departed Nov. 14, 2017

Federal Communications Commission (joined: Sept. 8, 2017)

Committee Member, Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment | None | Special-government employees are not required to submit publicly-available financial disclosures

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Bio, via Wilkinson, Baker, Knauer, LLP:

Ms. Abernathy recently joined the law firm of Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer, LLP as Special Counsel following her retirement from Frontier Communications. She first joined Frontier in 2006 as a member of the Board of Directors following her term as a Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In 2010 she accepted the position of Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President, Regulatory and Governmental Affairs. Over the next seven years she was on the senior leadership team that oversaw three major strategic acquisitions that eventually grew Frontier to a Fortune 250 company. She was responsible for obtaining the state and federal regulatory approvals critical to the growth of the company. At retirement she was Executive Vice President, External Affairs. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of ISO New England, a regional energy transmission organization authorized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and is a Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow with Georgetown University’s Center for Business and Public Policy, McDonough School of Business. Prior to her term as an FCC Commissioner, Ms. Abernathy worked for a number of different telecommunications companies and law firms. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her professional accomplishments and has taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law.

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Rebeckah Adcock

Agriculture (joined: April 24, 2017)

Senior Advisor, Office of the Secretary | $170,000 | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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Rebeckah Adcock was a senior director of government affairs at CropLife America, the trade association for pesticide manufacturers, where she lobbied USDA. Before that, she was director of congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation, a trade group for farmers, where her portfolio included “USDA conservation programs.” — ProPublica

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Patricia Hines Adkins

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Executive Director | $126,148-$189,600 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via 2018 ICPHSO Annual Meeting and Training Symposium:

In September 2014, Patricia H. Adkins was appointed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) as its Executive Director, Ms. Adkins is responsible for managing the agency’s $125 million public health and safety budget and more than 500 employees. She also served the Commission for more than seven years as the Chief of Staff to former Chairman Ann Brown. For more than 30 years, Ms. Adkins has held leadership positions in public health, injury prevention, business operations, and public policy with organizations such as Purdue Pharma L.P., the Children’s National Medical Center’s Safe Kids Worldwide, and the Home Safety Council. Ms. Adkins earned her B.A. and M.B.A from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

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Michael Ambrosini departed Sept. 1, 2017

White House Office (joined: Jan. 20, 2017)

Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of the Chief of Staff | $95,000 | Financial Disclosure »

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Byron E. Anderson

Labor (joined: Jan. 20, 2017)

Senior Legislative Officer | Special Assistant to the Secretary | $161,900 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

I am a lawyer with significant management, public relations, and government affairs experience. During my 30 year career in Washington, D.C., I have advocated on a variety of public policy issues while serving in government, corporate, and association environments. I have held senior positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. I have practices law and have worked for three major corporations and two national trade associations. Advocacy, public relations, strategic planning, financial management, and grassroots/coalition building are among my areas of expertise. I have developed a broad range of communication skills that enable me to effectively communicate and interact with a diverse group of individuals. Through speeches, presentations, newsletters, and electronic media, I’m effective in engaging members and growing membership. I was successful in raising millions of dollars from business executives and employees to fund two of the nation’s largest corporate PACs. I was appointed by the USDA Secretary to manage the USDA’s 2005 Combined Federal Campaign, raising more than $2 million in volunteer contributions in four months for charitable organizations, setting a USDA record.

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Brooke Shupe Appleton

Agriculture (joined: Sept. 25, 2017)

Chief of Staff, Office of the Secretary | $160,000 | Resume »

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

Brooke Appleton is currently serving as the chief of staff to the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. Prior to joining USDA, Appleton served as the director of public policy and political strategy for the National Corn Growers Association. In this role, she was responsible for designing, implementing and advocating for NCGA policy in the areas of transportation and conservation. Brooke was also in charge of coordinating NCGA’s political action committee events and served as the DC office grassroots representative. Preceding her time at NCGA, Appleton served as the Director of government affairs for risk management at the National Association of Wheat Growers. At NAWG Appleton advocated for NAWG policy in the areas of federal crop insurance and federal farm programs. Before her time at NAWG, Appleton worked as professional staff of the House Small Business Committee under the panel’s chairman, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), focusing on agriculture and environmental issues. She previously worked in Graves’ personal office, including as a legislative assistant handling issues such as immigration, trade and the environment in addition to the Congressman’s assignment to the House Committee on Agriculture. Appleton holds a Bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management with minors in international agriculture and political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was raised on her family’s row crop and cattle farm near Stanberry, in northwest Missouri. Appleton is still heavily involved in the family’s farm and plans to continue the legacy that her great grandfather started.

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Richard "Rich" Ashooh

Commerce (joined: Aug. 14, 2017)

Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via Bureau of Industry and Security - Commerce:

Rich Ashooh serves as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration. In this role, he is responsible for the U.S. dual-use export control policy, as well as the management of the Department of Commerce’s national security, nonproliferation, and foreign policy functions within the Bureau of Industry and Security. He also oversees the Bureau’s programs that ensure industrial resources are available to meet national and economic security requirements, including the Defense Priorities Allocation System (DPAS). He also participates in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews transactions of foreign direct investment in U.S. companies for national security concerns. The Assistant Secretary chairs the Advisory Committee on Export Policy, which is a multi-agency tool to resolve security-related export policy matters. In addition, his responsibilities include the Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security (SIES), the Office of Nonproliferation and Treaty Compliance (NPTC), the Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls (NSTTC), the Office of Exporter Services (OExS), and the Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE). For much of his career, Rich was a senior executive in the defense industry, with the electronics group of Lockheed, which was later acquired by BAE Systems. During this time, Rich contributed to the growth of that business from an $800 million company to a nearly $5 billion enterprise and the world leader in electronic warfare. Rich was instrumental in the success of numerous programs which serve U.S. and allied warfighters. Rich also led the company’s homeland security efforts after 9/11, focusing the company’s technology solutions toward a new range of threats to our nation. He is proud to have contributed to the success of dozens of programs that have protected the lives of countless US and allied military servicemen and women. Rich’s professional career began in the US Senate, serving for several years as a Professional Staff Member on the US Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs where his primary focus was on federal procurement policies and oversight. A leader the higher education community, Rich served on the Board of Trustees for the University System of New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, as well as the UNH Foundation board. Prior to his nomination, he served as the Director of Economic Partnerships for the University System of New Hampshire, with over 33,000 enrolled students and the largest provider of post-secondary education in the state. He also served as Interim Executive Director of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire School Of Law, a nationally ranked leader in intellectual property law. Rich was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, and is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he met his wife, the former Lori Johnson of Peterborough. He and Lori have five children: Sofie 24, Emma 22, Elias 20, Maya 19, and Sam 17.

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Christopher "Chris" Averill

General Services Administration (joined: Aug. 28, 2017)

Communications Advisor, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs | $112,021

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Bio, via The New England Council:

The New England Council is pleased to announce that Chris Averill has joined our staff as Policy and Special Projects Manager. In this newly-created role, Chris will be the primary staff liaison the Council’s Financial Services Committee, and will also lead the Council’s advocacy and initiatives on such issues as advanced manufacturing and tax policy. He will be based in the Council’s Washington, DC, office, but will also visit Boston regularly. Chris joins the Council after seven years on Capitol Hill, most recently serving as Communications Director to Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) and previously serving as Communications Director to former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME). Chris also previously held several policy positions on the staff of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. A native of Randolph, MA, Chris is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME, and currently resides in Arlington, VA. Chris can be reached in the DC office at (202) 547-0048 or [email protected]

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Bradley Rolison "Brad" Bailey

Treasury (joined: May 1, 2017)

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs (Tax and Budget) | $140,000

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Bio, via American Investment Council:

Brad Bailey joins the AIC as Vice President of Government Affairs. Bailey most recently served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Previously, he worked for O’Rourke & Nappi, LLP as an attorney focusing on legislative and regulatory matters. Earlier in his career, he served on Capitol Hill for Speakers Paul Ryan (R-WI) and John Boehner (R-OH), and Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH). He received his bachelor’s degree from Miami University, and his LL.M. in Taxation and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

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George David Banks departed Feb. 13, 2018

White House Office (joined: Feb. 16, 2017)

Special Assistant to the President for International Energy and Environment, National Economic Council | $140,000 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

Special Assistant to the President for International Energy and Environment. Previously, free market policy advocate, focusing on energy and environment issues, with over 15 years of U.S. government experience, including Senate, House, intelligence community, diplomatic service, and White House.

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Erik Baptist

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: June 18, 2017)

Senior Deputy General Counsel | $179,700 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via Catholic Information Center:

Erik Baptist serves as Senior Counsel at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where he provides legal advice to the Institute and its members on federal and state legislative, regulatory, and litigation matters affecting the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining API in 2011, Erik worked as an associate in the trial department of an international law firm and as an attorney with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement, Division of Investigations. Originally from Illinois, Erik graduated from the George Washington University Law School and received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, double‐majoring in Sociology and American Studies. He has remained active with his alma mater by serving on the Board of Directors of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association and attending many of the school’s football games in the fall.

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Kenneth Barbic

Agriculture (joined: May 7, 2018)

Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations

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Bio, via USDA.Gov:

Ken Barbic most recently served as a senior director for the Irvine, CA-based Western Growers Association, where he has worked for nearly a decade to advance the competitiveness of American produce farmers. He grew up in Bakersfield in a farming family, which, from an early age, gave him an appreciation for the challenges and opportunities facing agriculture. Prior to his work with Western Growers, Barbic served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs and as a legislative assistant with the House Committee on Ways and Means. He graduated with honors from Maranatha Baptist University with a B.S. in business management.

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Riley Barnes

State (joined: June 11, 2017)

Speechwriter, Office of Policy Planning | $131,767 | Financial Disclosure »

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Peter Barrett

Trade and Development (joined: Jan. 23, 2017)

Chief of Staff, Office of the Director | Senior Advisor, Office of the Director | $126,148-$189,600 | Financial Disclosure »

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John Barsa

Homeland Security (joined: Jan. 21, 2017)

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief of Staff for Office of Partnership and Engagement | Advisor | $179,700 | Financial Disclosure »

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John J. Bartrum Awaiting Senate Confirmation

Health and Human Services

Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via Squire Patton Boggs:

John previously served as senior professional staffer to the US House Appropriations Committee since 2009 and was also a member of the federal Senior Executive Service. In this role, he was responsible for issues relating to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and its 27 institutes; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency, among others; and pharmaceutical and life sciences sector more broadly. While with the House of Representatives position, he was instrumental in developing the Ebola supplemental budget, which included designing the infectious disease hospital network, as well as the emergency management and public health response to the Zika virus and Superstorm Sandy. Before joining the House Appropriations Committee, he was an associate director of the NIH. John previously served as part of the National Security Division of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Executive Office of the President. At OMB, he was responsible for the budget of the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, including wartime supplemental requests for medical, research and healthcare operations. In addition to this substantial healthcare experience, John has more than 30 years of military experience in both active duty and as a reserve officer. He is a colonel in the Air Force Reserve as a Medical Service Corps officer, currently assigned to a brigadier general position as the mobilization assistant to the Commander Air Force Medical Operations Agency. John is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and serves as a member of the firm’s Healthcare Industry Group leadership team.

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Erika L. Baum

Transportation (joined: Jan. 26, 2017)

Executive Assistant to the Secretary | $134,789-$164,200* | Resume »

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Anthony Bedell

Transportation (joined: May 1, 2017)

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs | $179,700

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Douglas Benevento

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Oct. 15, 2017)

Regional Administrator — Region 8, Denver, Colorado | $179,700

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Dan M. Berkovitz

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (joined: Sept. 7, 2018)

Commissioner

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Bio, via Markets Wiki:

Before joining the CFTC as a commissioner, Berkovitz served as a partner in the Washington, DC securities practice of WilmerHale, a global law firm with over 1000 attorneys in 14 offices. He joined the firm in September 2013 after serving for four years as general counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).[3] During his tenure at the CFTC, Berkovitz was instrumental in the passage and implementation of rules related to the Dodd-Frank Act. He also served as the commission's deputy representative to the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Earlier, he served as counsel to the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. During that time, he led several major investigations into oil markets and energy prices, including the role of financial speculation in natural gas and crude oil prices; the effect of the Department of Energy’s program to fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve on oil prices and energy security; the effect of increasing concentration in the gasoline refining industry on retail gasoline prices; and allegations of illegal payments by American companies to Iraq during the United Nations Oil-for-Food program.[4] From 1995-2001, Berkovitz served as deputy assistant secretary for planning, policy, and budget in the Department of Energy’s environmental management program. He was responsible for formulating and presenting to Congress the Department’s $6 billion annual budget for the clean-up of nuclear and hazardous wastes generated by the production of nuclear weapons. Prior to that, he served as counsel to the Subcommittee on Nuclear Regulation of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.[5] Berkovitz serves of an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School, where he teaches energy trading and regulation.

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David L. Bernhardt

Interior (joined: July 25, 2017)

Acting Secretary of the Interior | Deputy Secretary of the Interior | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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Susan Bodine

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Aug. 13, 2017)

Senior Advisor to the Administrator | $155,500 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works:

From 2015-2017, Bodine served as chief counsel at the EPW Committee. From 2009-2015, Bodine was a partner at Barnes and Thornburg. During the last three years of the Bush administration, she served as the assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. Prior to that, Bodine was staff director of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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Dwayne S. Bolton

Energy (joined: Sept. 30, 2018)

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary | $164,000

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

For nearly two decades, Mr. Bolton has advised on political and policy matters at the state/federal level. He has advised CEOs of large corporations that are pillars on the S&P 500 Index. He is currently Deputy Assistant Secretary for House Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy. Most recently, he worked at Edison International, an investor owned utility based in Los Angeles, CA. As Principal Advisor for Government & Regulatory Affairs, Mr. Bolton provided strategic political and policy insight to Edison International’s executives and business units; and helped drive an aggressive agenda that aligned policy and business objectives.

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Kristi Boswell

Agriculture (joined: April 30, 2017)

Senior Advisor | Senior Advisor | $140,552 | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

Kristi serves as Director of Congressional Relations at the American Farm Bureau Federation. She advocates Farm Bureau policy to Congress and regulatory agencies on issues relating to farm labor, this includes ensuring agriculture has access to a legal and stable workforce through immigration reform, commenting on proposed regulations that affect agricultural employers, and review of US Department of Labor implementation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Occupational Safety and Health Administration enforcement. She also advocates Farm Bureau policy related to food safety, including implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, USDA Food Safety Inspection Service, and HHS Food & Drug Administration. Prior to her work at Farm Bureau, Kristi practiced creditors rights, labor and employment litigation, and general corporate defense in Omaha Nebraska. Bar Admissions: Iowa 2009, Nebraska 2009

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