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Stern heads to K Street

Keith Stern, a top House Democratic floor staffer, is leaving Capitol Hill after more than 25 years.

Stern is heading to Cornerstone Government Affairs, where he will join several former top Hill leadership aides. Chris Hodgson, former Vice President Mike Pence’s legislative director and a former top aide to House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, and David Planning, the former floor director to House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, are both at Cornerstone.

Stern has been on the Hill since 1997 when he was a legislative assistant to former Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.). From 1999 to 2015, Stern worked for Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), first as a legislative assistant, then as an associate on the House Rules Committee before finally landing as his chief of staff. From 2015 to 2023, Stern worked for Nancy Pelosi during her time as Democratic leader and then as speaker. Stern is now an adviser to House Minority Whip Katherine Clark.

Stern was on the House floor on Jan. 6 and told his story to the New Yorker.

“Keith is a beloved member of the Capitol Hill community and the House Democratic Caucus family,” Clark said in a statement. “He has dedicated over two decades of his career to public service, helping advance our democracy and build a stronger, more just America. I am incredibly grateful to have worked alongside him, and I wish Keith all the best in his next chapter.”

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