A pair of Jamies are bolting corporate perches for jobs as consultants-for-hire. Jamie Brown, who joined Google’s expanding lobbying outpost last summer, is taking her exit from the tech company to join the lobby shop Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti in September. And Jamie Houton, a seven-year veteran of Microsoft’s shop here, is leaving to join an upstart but rapidly expanding all-Democratic firm, Elmendorf Strategies. [IMGCAP(1)]
Before Google, Brown served as a special assistant for legislative affairs to President Bush and helped then-Supreme Court nominee John Roberts navigate his Senate confirmation. Mehlman Vogel’s Alex Vogel said he and Brown got to know each other when she worked at the Justice Department and he was an aide to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.). “The great thing is that she’s coming from a tech company, but Jamie’s experience is broader than that. She will be an asset to all our clients across the board,” Vogel said.
Houton was director of government relations for Microsoft, handling the company’s interactions with Senate Democrats. Previously, he served as an aide to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and the Senate Democratic Steering and Coordination Committee, coordinating outreach to the high-tech community. “He’s a serious person who’s been doing this for a long time and understands the business,” said firm founder Steve Elmendorf. “It helps to have somebody who can start right away and doesn’t have to learn how to be a lobbyist. And he covered a lot of committees for Microsoft, so he’s got good exposure.”
Coming to Cable. Comcast is beefing up its lobbying team with the addition of Lindsey Dickinson as senior director, federal government affairs. She comes to the cable company from the office of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), where she served as legislative counsel and a primary liaison to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Dickinson held a number of positions at the Commerce Department.
— Kate Ackley and Tory Newmyer
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