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HARRISBURG, Pa. – January 25, 2017 – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney announces it has hired John D. Payne, who spent 14 years representing Pennsylvania’s 106th District in Harrisburg, as principal in the firm’s state government relations group. Payne is the latest in the string of hires for the group, joining Stephen DeFrank and Hannah Walsh.

During his tenure in the Pennsylvania Legislature, Payne served as the majority chairman of the Gaming Oversight Committee. He also served on the following committees: Commerce, Consumer Protection, Intergovernmental Affairs, Liquor Control, Local Government, Tourism & Recreational Development, Transportation, Urban Affairs, Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Prior to his years in the legislature, Payne was chairman of the Dauphin County Commissioners, Township of Derry supervisor, worked as a senior safety specialist at Hershey Food and served in the United States Army and the Pennsylvania National Guard.

“During his years in the legislature, John has earned the respect of his colleagues in all branches of government and we are glad he decided to join us at Buchanan,” said Leslie Gromis Baker, co-chair and managing director of Buchanan’s state and federal government relations group.

“I am grateful to the residents of the 106th District for letting me serve them all these years. Joining Buchanan is a great next step in my career and I look forward being able to provide strategic counsel to the firm’s clients,” said Payne.

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