Shuffle Complete at Manufacturing Group

By Judy Sarasohn
Thursday, July 7, 2005

The National Association of Manufacturers is bringing on a former longtime senior aide of Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) to head the trade group's policy and government affairs staff.

The hiring of Jay Timmons as senior vice president of policy completes the reorganization of the trade group begun by NAM President John Engler , the former Republican governor of Michigan who joined NAM late last year.

Engler said this structural change pulls together lobbying and policy under one person, Timmons, who will report to him.

"Jay has a tremendous amount of very current experience on the Hill," Engler said in an interview yesterday.

Michael Baroody , who has been NAM's top lobbyist, will focus on asbestos and Social Security issues, Engler said. "I give him specific big problems."

Timmons had served as chief of staff in Allen's Senate office as well as in his governor's and House offices. He was also executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the 2004 election cycle when Allen headed the group, responsible for strengthening the Republican majority in the Senate.

Most recently, however, Timmons has been senior director for the public advocacy group at the Tew Cardenas law firm, having joined the firm in January.

Timmons said he likes business issues, "tax policy excites me -- to the extent that tax policy can be exciting. . . . I've been doing policy all my professional life."

He said Engler "has introduced a new energy" at NAM and increased the trade group's visibility.

One of the big issues that will probably be on Timmons's plate, Engler said, will be the Senate confirmation of a new Supreme Court justice.

Timmons's new job will start Sept. 1. The executive search firm Korn/Ferry International worked on the placement.

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