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Revolving door: Ramos shifts from senate to lobbying job

Rebecca Ramos, the former chief of staff for the state Senate, has been hired by the Necrason Group lobbying firm.

Adam Necrason, president of the firm, sent out an announcement about Ramos’ hire last week.

“Rebecca’s talent as a strategist and communicator, as well as her warm professionalism, will help our strong portfolio of clients achieve their goals,” Necrason said in a statement. “Our firm has an exciting group of clients that will benefit from Rebecca’s experience.”

Ramos downplayed the revolving door perception that could be attached to her switch from one of the most important positions in the Statehouse — assistant to John Campbell, the president pro tempore of the state Senate — to a role in which she will be directly influencing the lawmakers she formerly worked for.

“No one expects someone is going to do me a favor,” Ramos said. “Legislators make decisions based on what they think is right.”

Most people at the Statehouse, she said, are sophisticated and know the difference between lobbying and friendship.

Necrason Group, she said, lobbies for issues that she believes in.

“The values of the clients that Necrason represents are the values Vermonters support and are good for Vermont,” she said.

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The firm, formerly known as Sirotkin & Necrason, represents labor interests, wind energy companies, New England Clean Energy Group and other corporate clients.

Ramos holds a juris doctorate from Vermont Law School. She has previously worked as counsel for Gov. Howard Dean and as a staffer for Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., when he was state Senate president pro tem.

Ramos will be a senior management associate for Necrason Group. She lives in Burlington with her two daughters.

Necrason Group is led by Adam Necrason, Jessica Oski, David Mickenburg and John Shullenberger.

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