WASHINGTON, D.C.—John Feehery, spokesman for Speaker Dennis Hastert, has joined the Motion Picture Association of America as its vice president of communications in Washington, D.C., where he will work closely with Dan Glickman, a former congressman from Kansas and secretary of agriculture, who was named president and CEO of the organization last July.
The MPAA had reportedly been seeking a high-profile Republican for the communications post to provide some balance for the Democratic Glickman, whose appointment sparked controversy—with Republicans retaliating against the industry by cutting $1 billion tax credits that would have benefited the industry from last year’s corporate tax bill.
Before taking his current role in Hastert’s office, which joined in 1999, Feehery served as communications director for Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.).
Hastert, meanwhile, has hired Ron Bonjean as his new communications director. Bonjean will lead the speaker’s communications office as spokesman and will help develop House Republican message strategy. He most recently served as Director of public affairs at the department of commerce, and previously served as communications director to former House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts and as press secretary to former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott.
Bonjean takes over from both Feehery and Pete Jeffries, who was named senior vice president for public policy at Hill & Knowlton.