Steptoe & Johnson has picked up a Republican senior staffer from the House for its lobbying practice, the firm announced Monday.
Christopher Caron, who most recently served as deputy chief of staff to Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), joined the firm as a senior government affairs adviser in Steptoe's government affairs and public policy group. Caron said that after more than 10 years on Capitol Hill, he wanted some change.
“It was getting to the point where I was looking for new challenges,” Caron said. The former staffer added that he plans to help the firm expand its work on military issues. Throughout his eight years with Cole, Caron served as the congressman’s military legislative assistant, in addition to holding several other posts.
Caron in 2007 became Cole’s deputy chief of staff, directing the day-to-day operations of the congressman’s legislative shop. As deputy chief of staff, he also was Cole's appropriations associate, working to ensure appropriations work was done in compliance with House rules, and acted as the Republican leadership liaison for the National Republican Congressional Committee chairman. Cole has served as a member of the House Appropriations Committee since 2009 and was the NRCC chairman during the 2008 election cycle.
Before he became Cole’s deputy chief of staff, Caron spent four years working for the congressman in capacities that included legislative director, House Rules Committee associate and senior policy adviser.
Caron held legislative assistant positions for then-Reps. Jo Ann Davis (R-Va.) and Helen Chenoweth-Hage (R-Idaho) before working for Cole.
“Chris’s experience on Capitol Hill, particularly his advisory role on the Rules Committee and as a liaison for the NRCC chairman, will provide our clients with a deep understanding and insider’s perspective of how the leadership works,” Steptoe Chairman Roger Warin said in a written statement.