RC Hammond, a top aide to former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, has joined Washington, D.C.-based public affairs and issues management shop The Herald Group as vice president.

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Hammond arrives at The Herald Group from WPP global PR powerhouse Hill+Knowlton Strategies, which he joined in 2014 as vice president. 

Prior to running his own public affairs, crisis and media relations consulting outfit, which he founded in 2012, Hammond served as spokesperson during Gingrich’s 2012 presidential primary run. He was also a senior aide for former Oregon Senator Gordon Smith, former New Hampshire Senator John Sununu and West Virginia Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito.

Hammond will now provide strategic communications and advocacy counsel for The Herald Group’s roster of corporate, industry coalition, associations and non-profit clients.