Banister Becomes Name Partner at Shirley's Firm
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Banister Becomes Name Partner at Shirley's Firm

Diana Banister, a five year veteran of public relations firm Craig Shirley & Associates—best known for its work on conservative causes—has been named a partner in the firm, which will change its name to Shirley & Banister Public Affairs.

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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 3—Diana Banister, a five year veteran of public relations firm Craig Shirley & Associates—best known for its work on conservative causes—has been named a partner in the firm, which will change its name to Shirley & Banister Public Affairs.
 
Banister joined the firm in March 1997, after serving as a consultant to the Republican Party’s “Victory 96” campaign in southern California, and as deputy political director for the Buchanan for President campaign. Prior to the Buchanan campaign, Banister worked as communications director for the Coalition on Urban Affairs.
 
At Craig Shirley & Associates, she has managed political and media relations strategies for clients including Steve Forbes and the National Rifle Association. Most recently, she has been working for the Allied Pilots Association, which has been seeking legislation that would allow commercial pilots to carry guns in the cockpits.
 
The firm, which has seven employees, was launched by Shirley in 1984, after he had served as communications director to the Republican National Committee and the National Conservative Political Action Committee. The firm later became Keene Shirley & Associates, before reopening as Craig Shirley & Associates in 1992.
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