After a stint as a lobbyist on her own, former House member Susan Molinari (R-N.Y.) is joining the Washington Group -- and becoming the lobby shop's president and chief executive. The paperwork is not completed, Molinari said, but she's already started working with her new colleagues.
Molinari brings some Republican credentials to the leadership of the Washington Group. John Raffaelli, who becomes chairman upon Molinari's arrival, was tax and trade counsel to former Democratic senator Lloyd M. Bentsen of Texas, while partner John O'Hanlon was an aide to House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) and partner Rita Lewis was an aide to Democratic Sen. Thomas A. Daschle of South Dakota (fortuitously now the Senate majority leader). O'Hanlon becomes vice chairman and Lewis, chief operating officer.
Most recently, [Philip N. Diehl] was head of Zale.com, the online division of Zale Corp., the jewelry company, after leaving the Mint. Joining Dallas-based Zale.com was "going home" for Diehl, a native Texan. Earlier, he served as legislative director for then-Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.) and staff director of the Senate Finance Committee. When Bentsen became treasury secretary at the beginning of the [Clinton] administration, Diehl served as his chief of staff. He became director of the Mint in 1994.
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