Kitzhaber hires clean energy lobbyist as adviser

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Gov. John Kitzhaber has hired a new energy policy adviser.

The governor's office announced Monday that Margi Hoffmann (MAR'-gee), a lobbyist who has worked extensively on renewable energy legislation, will fill the job starting April 2. She was previously the senior vice president and director of Oregon operations for Strategies 360, a Seattle-based public relations, marketing and lobbying firm.

Kitzhaber says in a statement that Hoffmann's passion and expertise on energy policy will be an asset. He says pursuing an aggressive clean energy strategy will help Oregon compete for jobs.

Hoffmann will earn $97,068 per year.