K Street shop bolsters ties to Senate Dems

K Street’s Alpine Group has landed a pair of Capitol Hill aides with ties to Senate Democrats.

Lauren Bazel has joined the firm as a vice president. She is a former senior adviser to several senators — including John KerryJohn KerryInterior chief: ‘We will have climate refugees’ "Lebanizing" Syria Why Obama's 'cold peace' with Iran will turn hot MORE (Mass.), Mo Cowan (Mass.) and Maria CantwellMaria CantwellThis week: Congress on track to miss Puerto Rico deadline Week ahead: Senate looks to wrap up energy, water spending bill Senate, House face time crunch on energy bill MORE (Wash.) — and was an associate director for government affairs at the Center for American Progress. Bazel will help expand Alpine’s practice in tax, trade and finance policy.

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Sheila Kennett joined Alpine as its director of operations and client services. Kennett was director of scheduling and operations for Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerLobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner Overnight Tech: Senate panel to vote on Dem FCC commissioner MORE (D-W.Va.) as well as a scheduler for ex-Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.). She also was director of member services at The Health Management Academy.

“We are excited to have both Lauren and Sheila both with such extensive experience, high skill and strong reputations join the firm,” said Greg Means, principal and chief financial officer of Alpine, in a statement.

“Alpine Group is committed to growing and improving our client services by bringing on the most experienced and qualified professionals available. We’re thrilled to have Lauren and Sheila join our team.”

Alpine Group has made more than $7.8 million in lobbying fees for the first three quarters of 2013, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. BP, Duke Energy, Ford Motor Company and Nike are among Alpine’s corporate clients.