Boehner Hires Lobbyist to Be His Policy Director

John Boehner, soon-to-be Speaker of the House, has hired Brett Loper, the senior EVP of the Advanced Medical Technology Association, to be his policy director. In the senior EVP role, Loper was the medical device industry’s chief lobbyist, Politico says, adding that he was “deeply involved in the health care debate and fought against the fees Democrats ultimately assessed the industry to help pay for reform.”

Boehner has also brought on Dave Schnittger as deputy chief of staff for communications operations, who will work under chief of staff Barry Jackson.

A number of other Republican Congressmen have also turned to lobbyists when staffing up, including Sen. Rand Paul (KY) and Rep. Jeff Denham (CA).