WASHINGTON: America’s Health Insurance Plans has appointed Brendan Buck, press secretary for House Speaker John Boehner, to serve as VP of communications, effective May 14.
Buck will oversee AHIP’s media relations and serve as its primary spokesperson, according to a company statement.
"[Buck’s] experience and skill set will allow him to hit the ground running on day one," said Karen Ignagni, president and CEO, in a statement. "He's an effective communicator who knows how to tackle complex policy issues and skillfully navigate an ever-changing healthcare and media environment."
An AHIP spokeswoman confirmed that Buck is replacing Robert Zirkelbach, who recently left the company to take on the role of SVP of communications at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.
Buck served as Boehner’s press secretary for more than three years and has nearly a decade of experience leading communications in a number of capacities, including having served in other Capitol Hill offices, a party committee, and as part of a presidential campaign.
Buck took a leave of absence from Boehner’s office in 2012 to serve as press secretary to Rep. Paul Ryan during the Romney presidential campaign. Before becoming the Speaker’s press secretary, Buck led communications for the Republican 2010 governing agenda, the Pledge to America.
He previously served as communications director for the Republican Study Committee, as well as for Congressman Tom Price. Buck has also been a spokesman at the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Buck declined to offer further detail on his new role at AHIP, and the Speaker’s office did not immediately return requests for comment.
On Monday morning, Buck made some comments about his job change on Twitter.
It's true. Today is my last with @SpeakerBoehner. It's been an incredible privilege to serve him and the House. Thanks to everyone here.— Brendan Buck (@BrendanBuck) May 12, 2014
Thers's a solid mix of congrats and trolling in my feed this morning.— Brendan Buck (@BrendanBuck) May 12, 2014