Matt Lloyd, who stepped down as chief of staff to Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) last month, is slated to join Koch Industries as a Washington-based communications director.

matt lloydThe hire -- first reported by Politico -- comes as Koch launches a new image campaign touting its "heartland" roots. This week the industrial conglomerate also announced a $25M grant to the United Negro College Fund.

Wichita, Kan.-based Koch in January hired Burson-Marsteller and Edelman veteran Steve Lombardo as chief communications and marketing officer, working out of Washington and Wichita. Another Burson alum, Robert Tappan, directs external relations for politically active company's public sector operations in Washington.

Lloyd spent the past year as chief communications and policy advisor to Stutzman. He was previously communications director during a decade on the staff of Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), who is now governor of Indiana. He worked in the US Dept. of Agriculture press office during the Bush administration and started out on the Hill as press secretary to Reps. Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Rick Hill (R-MT).

As O'Dwyer's reported June 9, Koch's public sector business enlisted former Oklahoma Sen. Don Nickles for lobbying on campaign finance and repeal of the wind energy production credit.