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Apple adds muscle in Washington with hire of White House insider

Apple has put a new face on its efforts to lobby the federal government, bringing in Cynthia Hogan —a Washington cognoscente with close ties to the White House —to lead its office in the District.

Hogan will serve as vice president for public policy and government affairs for the Americas beginning April 29, according to Politico. She will report to former EPA administrator and current Apple environment and policy chief Lisa Jackson.

"Cynthia's intellect and judgment have consistently distinguished her as a uniquely talented professional and we're lucky to have her join the team at Apple," Jackson told the publication.

Hogan attended Oberlin College and the University of Virginia School of Law. She began her Washington career as an aide to then-Senator Joe Biden in 1993 and eventually served as Staff Director of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

After leaving the Senate to raise a family, Hogan rejoined Biden in the White House. She served a wide-ranging advisory role and is credited with shepherding Sonia Sotomayor through her nomination to the Supreme Court.

Before joining Apple, Hogan spent two years lobbying on behalf of the National Football League.