The Association for Advanced Life Underwriting will go into budget negotiations for federal fiscal year 2018 with a new lobbyist.

The Washington-based group has hired Armstrong Robinson to be vice president of legislative affairs. He will focus on talking to Republican policymakers in the House and the Senate, according to AALU.

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Robinson has been the director at Prime Policy Group, a major Washington-based lobbying firm. His LinkedIn profile describes him as a “Tax & Republican Strategy” specialist.

Earlier, Robinson was the chief of staff and counsel to Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Pa. He also was the counsel and chief of staff for Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Ky.

Robinson has a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and a law degree from the Catholic University of America.

Robinson also spent a season working as a ski instructor, according to his Prime Policy bio.

AALU describes itself as the leading organization for life insurance professionals on policy issues affecting Americans’ financial security and retirement savings.

Traditionally, AALU has been especially visible on issues affecting financial professionals who work with wealthy individuals, estate planning, complicated financial planning matters of all kinds, and use of life and annuity products in corporate settings.

On its website, AALU says its advocacy priorities include preserving the current tax treatment of life insurance products; keeping the current linkage of the lifetime exemptions from estate and gift taxes in place; and keeping laws and regulations, such as the Dodd-Frank Act, from interfering with life agents’ ability to serve their clients.

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