The Investment Company Institute hired James Hart as Political Affairs Officer. He will report to Daniel Crowley, Chief Government Affairs Officer. He replaces Vivian Lausevic, who joined the American Gas Association as Director of Public Affairs earlier this year. Hart will represent the ICI before federal government officials and manage the Institute’s political program, including the Political Action Committee. He will work to reinforce the Institute’s relationship with key constituents on Capitol Hill, in the administration, with trade organizations and with leading think tanks. Hart will serves as the primary liaison to the senior staff at the congressional campaign committees. Hart recently served as Chief of Staff to Rep. Carolyn McCarthy. He previously served as Chief of Staff to Rep. Jim Maloney (D-CT) and Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) and as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Rep. Doug Applegate (D-OH).

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