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K Street: Daschle Inks Deal With DLA

On the heels of former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) departing the firm, DLA Piper has snagged former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.). Daschle joins the firm as a senior policy adviser.

[IMGCAP(1)]Daschle comes to DLA Piper after spending several years at the law firm Alston & Bird, which he joined in 2005 after losing his Senate seat. Daschle did not register to lobby at Alston & Bird.

“Senator Daschle is a senior statesman and is justifiably regarded as one of the wisest and most effective problem solvers in Washington as well as in the Nation and the world,— Francis B. Burch Jr., global chairman of DLA Piper, said in a statement.

Daschle is expected to focus on regulatory and government affairs issues at the firm and will also serve on DLA Piper’s global board. He is bringing with him a counsel, non-lawyer public policy adviser and administrative assistant from Alston & Bird.

Daschle was nominated for secretary of Health and Human Services Department by President Barack Obama. But he withdrew his nomination after it was discovered that he hadn’t paid $128,000 in taxes, in part for the free use of a driver and car. The former Senator also was recently tasked by the Obama administration to press his former colleagues to pass health care reform legislation.

ACA’s New Chief. Just six weeks after opening a Washington, D.C., office, ACA International, the trade association representing the credit, debt collection and asset purchasing industry, has named a new CEO.

Rozanne Andersen, the group’s executive vice president and general counsel, will be replacing the association’s longtime chairman Gary Rippentrop. Rippentrop will remain at ACA as special executive consultant through the end of July 2010.

Adam Peterman is serving as the group’s full-time Washington lobbyist.

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