University of Louisville's lobbyist resigns to join Conway campaign
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville’s chief lobbyist has resigned to join Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s campaign for governor.
Dana Mayton, 50, has been U of L’s senior vice president for government relations and special assistant to President James Ramsey since 2011.
Starting Tuesday, Mayton will become a “senior policy adviser” to Conway’s campaign.
The move reunites Mayton with her old boss. Before rejoining U of L in 2011, she had been a deputy attorney general under Conway. Before that, she was U of L’s chief lobbyist from 2004 to 2007.
“I sort of reached the point where I felt I had something to offer to help Jack, and I just couldn’t do that and continue to be a nonpartisan lobbyist” for the university, Mayton said in an interview Monday.
Conway is the Democratic nominee for the governor's race in November.
Mayton is also a member of the Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority, which oversees the state’s financing of the $2.3 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, including bonds that will be repaid with toll revenue.
U of L spokesman John Karman said the school is soliciting bids for a lobbying firm to handle its legislative agenda until Mayton's successor is named.
The outside firm will likely handle U of L's lobbying for the 2016 session of the General Assembly, which runs from January to April, according to the RFP.
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