By The Hill Staff - 06/14/05 12:00 AM EDT
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has promoted lobbyist Brad Close to the position of director of federal policy for the House.
In this role, Close will lead a five-member lobbying team at the NFIB, although the association is in the process of filling some open positions.
Close had been a manager of legislative affairs at the NFIB. He replaces Dan Blankenburg, who is now the leadership director for GOP Conference Secretary Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.).
Before joining the NFIB, Close served on the staffs of Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) and then Rep. Tom Ewing (R-Ill.). Close left Capitol Hill in 2002 as a Republican staff director to the Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Enterprises, Agriculture and Technology.
The NFIB is the nation’s largest small-business advocacy group, with 600,000 member companies.