David Planning
David Planning

Cornerstone Government Affairs has added David Planning, who was floor director for House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, to its federal government lobbying team.

The Minnesota Congressman Emmer jumped into last year’s race to succeed Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House, but withdrew from the contest after receiving an “un-endorsement” from Donald Trump.

Working for one of the narrowest majorities in House history, Planning worked with Democrats to win passage of key legislation such as the National Defense Authorization act and the Fiscal Responsibility Act.

Besides Emmer, Planning worked for Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry and Speaker Paul Ryan. He also did a stint in the Trump White House as special assistant for legislative affairs.

Geoff Gonella, Cornerstone CEO, said Planning brings a “wealth of knowledge, experience and relationship as well as a well-earnings excellent bipartisan and bicameral reputation” to the DC-based firm.