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December 19, 2014

Heritage Action Staffers Migrate to House

Brat's new top aide comes over from Heritage Action. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Brat’s new top aide comes over from Heritage Action. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Heritage Action for America is losing three staffers, including its top House lobbyist, to a trio of newbies in the 114th Congress.

Freshman Rep. Dave Brat, the Virginia Republican who famously unseated then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a June primary contest, has tapped Heritage’s Erin Siefring as his chief of staff. Siefring has been the conservative group’s chief liaison with House members. Full story

By Kate Ackley Posted at 3:56 p.m.

November 17, 2014

Ex-Rep. Bill Frenzel, Brookings Scholar, Dies at 86

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Frenzel died Monday. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Bill Frenzel, a Minnesota Republican who spent two decades in the House and the rest of his professional life shaping trade and budgetary policy from off the Hill, died Monday at his home in McLean, Va. He was 86.

Frenzel, who retired from Congress in January 1991, remained engaged for the next 23 years from his perch at the Brookings Institution in some of the biggest policy debates including the North American Free Trade Agreement. On NAFTA, he served as a special adviser to then-President Bill Clinton, helping the Democrat sell the pact to lawmakers.

He “was instrumental in getting the agreement passed,” Brookings said in a statement.

Frenzel was known as much for his serious policy chops as for his understated, folksy Minnesota style. Full story

June 12, 2014

Top Cantor Aide Steve Stombres Announces Capitol Hill Departure

With Cantor stepping down as majority leader next month, Stombres is leaving Capitol Hill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

With Cantor stepping down as majority leader next month, Stombres is leaving Capitol Hill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As House Republicans adjust to the coming transition among their leadership ranks, one longtime aide for outgoing Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he plans to leave Capitol Hill.

Steven Stombres, chief of staff in the leadership office, is expected to remain on Cantor’s staff until the end of July when Cantor will resign his leadership spot. Stombres, a member of Roll Call’s Fabulous 50 leading staffers, could be a highly sought-after candidate for a private-sector lobbying or think tank gig, head hunters and K Street sources said.

Cantor, of course, lost his primary this week to upstart candidate Dave Brat in a contest that has rocked Washington from the capitol to K Street.

Stombres’ top priority now though is helping his colleagues find jobs. “We’re not going to rest until everybody on this team has found a good place to land,” Stombres said.

Cantor, he added, “has always attracted the best talent on the Hill.” Stombres said people on the Cantor leadership team may pursue opportunities working for other members or in the private sector.

“The good news for them is that Leader Cantor was, from a private sector perspective, was viewed positively,” said K Street recruiter Nels Olson, who runs Korn/Ferry’s Washington office. “Those individuals will have an opportunity to make a transition.”

Stombres said that he has not yet determined his next chapter and whether it will involve lobbying or advocacy but that he plans to find “a new professional endeavor.” Stombres is a three-term member of the Fairfax City Council, but earlier this year he announced he would not run for re-election to that post this fall.

Stombres has been on the Hill for 20 years and with Cantor since 2001.

By Kate Ackley Posted at 4:45 p.m.
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