Washington Update on Hires and Departures for October 2012

Sen. Joe Lieberman's (D-Conn.) communications director, Marshall Wittmann, is leaving. He will be replaced by the Senator's press secretary, Whitney Phillips.

Mike Gruber, senior policy advisor on the Energy and Commerce Committee, is leaving to join the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

Chief of staff to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Don Kent, is joining the Nickles Group.

At the Environment and Public Works Committee, counsel Matthew Hite is leaving to join the US Chamber of Commerce.

Chief counsel for the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Todd Harrison, is leaving. Deputy chief counsel Karen Christian will take over the position.