Washington — General Motors Co. said Tuesday it is naming two former Democratic congressional aides to its Washington office.
The Detroit automaker has made rebuilding its relationships with Capitol Hill and regulators a top priority in the face of withering criticism from Congress over its delayed recall of 2.6 million vehicles linked to 107 deaths and more than 200 injuries.
GM said it is naming Andy York executive director for federal affairs and Cherie Wilson director of federal affairs. They are newly created positions.
York, 38, is responsible for GM’s federal policy strategy and will be focused on “implementing the company’s engagement strategies with elected officials,” GM said. He started Monday. Wilson, 32, will lead the policy strategy for GM’s financial services portfolio and starts later this month.
York was most recently chief of staff to then U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark. and also worked for Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, as a staff member on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
Wilson joins GM from M. J. Bradley and Associates, where she was a vice president responsible for building coalitions and developing legislative strategy and congressional advocacy efforts for various clients. She previously held positions at the Electric Power Supply Association and Constellation Energy and was a legislative assistant for then Rep. Albert R. Wynn, D-Md.
In December, GM named Dan Turton, an executive at Entergy, as U.S. vice president, federal and administration affairs. The automaker also promoted Bryan Roosa to the position of executive director for North America.
Turton was vice president of Entergy’s federal governmental affairs and was head of Entergy’s Washington office. He worked for President Barack Obama in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs and as an aide to Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., the House Committee on Rules and at Timmons and Co.
Last year was one of GM’s roughest years in its history, facing four congressional hearings. GM CEO Mary Barra has made rebuilding the company’s relationships with members of Congress a top priority.
“One of the lessons General Motors has maybe had to learn more than once, is relationships matter,” Barra told The Detroit News in October.
Roosa joined GM in 2002 and represents GM on the board of directors for the Michigan Economic Development Foundation and the Michigan Manufacturers Association. He previously worked as a staff member in the Michigan Senate and in several capacities for former Michigan Governor John Engler.
Last year, Bob Ferguson, senior vice president, GM Global Public Policy — who had been tapped to run GM’s Cadillac unit — returned to Washington to resume his role as the company’s top government affairs official.