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Restaurant Association hires two officials

The National Restaurant Association has hired two former Capitol Hill staffers in its policy and government affairs department.

Laura Abshire, a deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., has been named director of sustainability policy and government affairs. She will handle energy, environmental and some agricultural issues, the association said in a news release.

Abshire holds a bachelor of arts degree and a juris doctorate from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Ryan Kearney, a senior legislative assistant for the House Education and the Workforce Committee, has been hired as labor and workforce policy manager. Kearney will help oversee legislative and regulatory matters, particularly on labor, immigration, wages, occupational safety and health and other workforce issues.

Before his Hill service, Kearney worked in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Labor, Immigration and Employee Benefits Division.

Kearney is a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and earned a master of arts degree in government from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.