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PhRMA Names Bryant Hall Chief Lobbyist

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 PhRMA’s 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 PhRMA’s 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.

“He’s 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. … It’s 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 it’s a Democrat, it tells me that you’re thinking about what your members’ interests are.”

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