- Former VP Mike Pence added Trump administration officials to his new political advocacy group.
- Ice Miller LLP added Pence’s nephew John Pence and former Buttigieg campaign staffer George Hornedo.
- Freshman Sen. Jon Ossoff, a Georgia Democrat, also staffed up his Senate office
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A diaspora of Hoosier politicos in DC made big job moves this week, a sign of the enduring and sprawling political networks forged by former Vice President Mike Pence and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
This week, the former vice president launched a new political advocacy group, Advancing American Freedom, ahead of a possible 2024 presidential bid, and added a half dozen former boldface names from the Trump administration as advisers, including former White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway and CMS Director Seema Verma.
Meanwhile, Pence’s nephew, John Pence, a former Trump campaign official, joined the public affairs group of Ice Miller LLP, along with former national deputy political director for Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign.
Here’s Insider’s rundown of the most prominent staff moves for the week of April 4.
Freshman Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff, a Democrat, announced a slew of senior hires for his office (h/t Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Rey Benitez, former chief of staff to Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto, a Nevada Democrat, is now Ossoff’s chief of staff.
Donni Turner, a former policy advisor to Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, will serve as legislative director.
Chandra Harris will serve as Ossoff’s state director. She was previously chief of staff to Georgia Rep. David Scott, a Democrat.
Steven Parker, a veteran of Ossoff’s 2020 campaign, becomes his deputy state director.
Miryam Lipper, Ossoff’s 2020 campaign communications director, will join his office as a senior communications advisor.
Shadawn Reddick-Smith, former communications director for the House Judiciary Committee, joins the Department of Homeland Security as director of strategic communications.
Communications and media
Elizabeth Ralph, deputy editor of Politico Magazine, is taking on the additional role of editor of Politico’s Women Rule, a journalism and event series.
Derek Robertson, a digital editor at Indianapolis Monthly, is now a contributing editor at Politico Magazine.
Matt Dempsey is now managing editor of USA Facts. He previously worked as the Houston Chronicle’s data editor.
Danielle Kwateng has become executive editor of Teen Vogue. She previously was the publication’s entertainment and culture director. Her appointment follows Alexi McCammond, a former political reporter for Axios, stepping down as Teen Vogue editor in chief before even starting work. McCammond’s racist tweets, sent when she was a teenager in 2011, sparked an outcry among the publication’s staff.
Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of State in the Trump administration, joins Fox News as a contributor.
Pat Dennis is now the vice president of research at American Bridge, a Democratic research, video tracking, and rapid response organization. He was previously the presidential research director and ran the Trump War Room shop.
Dennis Polio is now deputy general counsel of the Republican Governors Association. He’s worked as an attorney for law firm Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky PLLC since 2017.
Kellyanne Conway, former Trump White House counselor, joined the advisory board of Pence’s political advocacy group Advancing American Freedom.
Larry Kudlow, former director of the National Economic Council, joined the advisory board of Advancing American Freedom.
Russ Vought, former director of the Office of Management and Budget, joined the advisory board Advancing American Freedom.
Robert Lighthizer, the former US trade representative, joined the advisory board of Advancing American Freedom.
Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House and presidential candidate, joined the advisory board of Advancing American Freedom.
Scott Walker, former presidential candidate and Wisconsin governor joined the advisory board of Advancing American Freedom.
Reed Elman Waxham joins the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as regional digital director, fresh from Democratic digital firm Rising Tide Interactive.
Lobbyists and advocacy
George Hornedo, former national deputy political director for Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign, is now an attorney with Ice Miller LLP Public Affairs Group.
John Pence, former senior advisor for Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign and nephew of Mike Pence also joins Ice Miller’s Public Affairs Group, providing clients strategic policy advice.
Abbe Murphy is now a public affairs analyst with DC-based government relations firm Invariant. Murphy will focus on research, analysis, and developing social media strategies. Andrew Barnhill, most recently head of government affairs for BioDelivery Sciences and director of federal policy for GlaxoSmithKline, joins IQVIA as chief policy officer, leading the company’s government affairs.
Andrew Barnhill, most recently head of government affairs for BioDelivery Sciences and director of federal policy for GlaxoSmithKline, joins IQVIA as chief policy officer, leading the company’s government affairs.
Robert Hurr, who served under the Trump administration as the top federal prosecutor in Maryland, joined the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as a partner. Hurr previously served as the top advisor to former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the early days of his tenure as the Justice Department’s second-ranking official. Before entering the Trump administration, Hurr was a partner at King & Spalding, the law firm Rosenstein joined in January 2020.
Jones Day, a law firm closely tied to Trump, hired nine clerks from the Supreme Court term that concluded in October 2020. The former clerks with new jobs at Jones Day are listed below.
Zaki Anwar a former clerk for Chief Justice John Roberts has joined Jones Day as an associate in the firm’s appeals practice. He is also an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
Joe Falvey, another Roberts alum has joined Jones Day as an associate in the firm’s appeals practice.
Kelly Holt is joining Jones Day as an associate in the firm’s appeals practice. Holt formerly clerked for Judge Neil Gorsuch in the recently concluded term.
Kurt Johnson, another former Gorsuch clerk is also now an associate in Jones Day’s appeals practice. He’s also clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Audrey Beck, a former clerk for Justice Brett Kavanaugh, also heads to Jones Day as an associate.
H. Hunter Bruton, a former clerk for Justice Samuel Alito becomes an associate in Jones Day’s appeals practice. He’s also a former Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General at the Department of Justice.
Mark Jia, who clerked for Justice David Souter and then for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is also headed to Jones Day.
Caroline Lindsay, a former clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas has also joined Jones Day as an associate. Lindsay has also worked as an adjunct professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School’s Supreme Court Clinic at George Mason University in Virginia.
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