Senate Minority Leader Thomas A. Daschle's decision not to run for president means Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell gets to keep its aviation lobbyist, Linda Hall Daschle.

Daschle, wife of the South Dakota Democrat, had told the Tennessee-based law firm that she would leave to join his presidential campaign should he decide to run. And that's the way it was looking until Tuesday morning.

"I had told them I did not want to miss the opportunity to support Tom," she said in an interview yesterday.

It would have been the first time in 25 years that she would not have been working on aviation matters. Daschle, who is committed to not lobbying her husband or anyone else in the Senate, previously served as deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration during the Clinton administration and has worked for the American Association of Airport Executives, the Air Transport Association of America and the old Civil Aeronautics Board.

Also at Baker, Donelson: Former House member Ed Bryant, who lost a nasty battle with Lamar Alexander for the Republican nomination for Senate from Tennessee last year, has joined the public policy team at the firm. (Alexander went on to win the Senate seat.)

Former FAA Chief Moves to APCO

Jane F. Garvey, whose term as head of the Federal Aviation Administration spanned both the Clinton and Bush II administrations, the Y2K crisis and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, has touched down at APCO as executive vice president and chairman of the public affairs and strategic communications firm's transportation practice.

"It's an opportunity to join a premier global company," Garvey said, in an interview last week, about why she chose APCO after a five-month "sabbatical," which included a bike trip. The first FAA administrator serving under a statutory five-year term, Garvey stepped down in August even though the Bush administration had let it be known that it wouldn't be upset if she decided to stay longer.

Garvey said she will be advising domestic and international clients on corporate governance and other matters, as well as transportation issues. And her transportation brief extends beyond aviation: Prior to the FAA, Garvey was acting administrator and deputy administrator of the Federal Highway Administration and commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Works.

Council of Life Insurers Boosts Lobby Team

Facing tax and retirement security issues on the Hill this year, the American Council of Life Insurers has made some moves it hopes will bolster its lobbying team.

Phil Anderson, the group's chief lobbyist since 1997, has left to establish his own lobby operation, but ACLI will be a client. Kimberly Olson Dorgan, who had been vice president for federal relations, succeeds him as senior vice president for government relations

Robert Schellhas, who had been chief of staff to Rep. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, joined the trade group, taking Dorgan's old job.

The trade group signed on Williams & Jensen and renewed its contract with Timmons & Co. for lobbying help.

ACLI already has a relatively new executive vice president, Mike Hunter, who joined in October after serving as Oklahoma secretary of state. Hunter was recruited by incoming ACLI President Frank Keating. Keating, the governor of Oklahoma, will begin his new job Jan. 14 after he leaves office.

"This game of musical chairs began when the board tapped Governor Keating," Hunter said. "Governor Keating wants to hit the ground running when he gets here at the ACLI."

Comings and Goings

Roger Morse, former legislative director for then-Rep. Van Hilleary (R-Tenn.) and earlier for Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), left the Hill last week for Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds. Morse, who also served as chairman of the Conservative Staff Meeting, a group of 100 conservative House staff members, joined the law firm as a senior government affairs analyst.

Morse, a 19-year veteran of the Hill, said he will focus on the House side.

Renee K. Carl, who handled media and advance logistics for Illinois Democrat and former Clintonite Rahm Emanuel's successful primary and general election campaigns for Congress last year, has joined Washington Partners as vice president of legislative and public affairs.

Tamara Somerville, former chief of staff for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), has signed on with the National Food Processors Association as senior vice president of government affairs.

Lisa Maatz, vice president for government relations for the National Organization for Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund, joins the American Association of University Women as director of public policy and government relations. Earlier, she worked for Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.).

Ann S. Jacobs, a political consultant and longtime congressional aide to Democratic lawmakers, has landed at Venn Strategies as a vice president, bringing along her client, the Congressional Study Group on Japan. Earlier, she served as chief of staff to Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-Fla.).

Rose Marshall has put her Legal PR operation in "dry dock" and joined Ketchum as a senior litigation communications counselor.