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University of Louisville's lobbyist resigns to join Conway campaign

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Dana Mayton is the University of Louisville's chief lobbyist. She will join the Conway campaign for governor. Dana Mayton is the University of Louisville's chief lobbyist. She will join the Conway campaign for governor.

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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