Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the lobbying group for the drug industry, has named Bryant Hall as its new top lobbyist, three sources have confirmed.
A Democrat, Hall has been in PhRMAs government relations department since 2004, according to federal lobbying records. He will assume the reins from Alan Gilbert, a Republican who the sources said has told colleagues he plans to start his own business.
Gilbert could not be reached for comment, and a PhRMA spokesman did not immediately comment. Sources said the announcement was made internally today at PhRMA, a group that has been working during this Congress to build ties to Democrats.
Former Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.) is PhRMAs president and chief executive officer.
Hall previously worked on the Hill for then-Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and has a long history of working on health care issues.
Hes very well-known on the Hill by both Democrats and Republicans in the health care world, said Jonathon Jones, a partner at the lobbying firm Johnson, Madigan, Peck, Boland & Stewart. Bryant is very well-respected for his political abilities by Democrats on the Hill. … Its a great thing for Bryant and great for PhRMA.
Democratic Congressional staffers cheered the promotion of Hall. It sends a pretty good message, one senior House Democratic aide said. And when you pick the best person, and its a Democrat, it tells me that youre thinking about what your members interests are.