U.S. Chamber Strengthens Congressional Team

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 7:00pm

Lawson, Eidshaug Named Vice President, Three Policy Experts Promoted to Executive Director

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced the promotion of Pete Lawson and Ron Eidshaug to vice presidents in the Congressional and Public Affairs Division, bolstering the leadership roles of two of the advocacy group's top lobbyists.

"The Chamber is fortunate to have a team of highly talented, lobbyists to voice our policy positions to key members of Congress and their staff," said Rolf Lundberg, the senior vice president, Congressional and Public Affairs at the U.S. Chamber. "We are pleased to be announcing these new appointments for some of our top Congressional staff."

Pete Lawson is the Chamber's chief lobbyist on legal reform, corporate governance, and financial services issues. Prior to joining the Chamber in 2004, Pete served as senior counsel to Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) where he co-developed and co-authored the New Democrat Coalition legislative agenda and was named Congressional Staffer of the Year by a major business trade association. He has also served as deputy director of government affairs for one of the nation's top accounting and consulting firms and worked as a consumer protection specialist in the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.

Ron Eidshaug is the U.S. Chamber's chief lobbyist on environmental and energy issues, and helps manage a team of 15 full-time Capitol Hill lobbyists. Eidshaug joined the Chamber in 1999 after serving as senior environmental policy analyst with the New York State Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform under Governor George E. Pataki.

The Chamber also announced the promotion of several of its senior lobbyists to Executive Director roles: Tim Maney, who handles budget and appropriations; Ashley Miller, who leads the taxation and pension portfolio; and Katie Strong, the chief healthcare lobbyist.

The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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