Ford hires top D.C. lobbyist

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. has hired a top lobbyist in Washington as the automaker continues to avoid seeking government assistance. Pete Lawson, 43, will begin work as Ford's vice president of government relations in early May. He last worked as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's chief lobbyist on legal reform, corporate governance and financial services issues. Lawson replaces Bruce Andrews, who left Ford in February to become general counsel for the Senate's Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

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