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Former FCC chairman Kevin Martin joins Facebook

Former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin in a 2006 photo

Facebook made some big changes to its D.C. office Tuesday, hiring former Federal Communications Commissioner Kevin Martin (R), and promoting Erin Egan, the company’s chief privacy officer to head up the company in D.C.

Martin, who has been a consultant to Facebook for the past two years advising the company on spectrum, mobile and connectivity, will serve as Facebook’s vice president for mobile and global access policy.

“Kevin’s deep experience in technology and communications policy, along with his creativity and strategic vision have already proven invaluable to our mission to connect the world,” said Joel Kaplan, vice president of global public policy.

While continuing in her current role, Egan will also take on the additional responsibility as vice president of U.S. public policy, leading the D.C. office. In her position, Egan will oversee the congressional team led by former Boehner staffer Greg Maurer and the state policy team, headed by Will Castleberry.

The changes in Facebook’s D.C. office mirror the company’s growing presence in D.C., where it has lobbied on issues such as privacy, data collection, government surveillance and immigration reform. Over the last five years, its spending has steadily increased over the last five years, from $351,390 in 2010 to $9.3 million in last year. In the first quarter of 2015, Facebook spent $2.4 million.

Egan has been with Facebook since 2011, when the company hired her from Covington & Burling to handle privacy issues.

“Erin is a proven leader at Facebook and within the industry and she knows the company inside and out. There is no one better equipped to represent us in Washington and across the country. We are looking forward to seeing her apply her expertise and management skills on a broader scale,” said Joel Kaplan, vice president of global public policy.

Martin served as FCC commissioner under President George W. Bush from March 2005 to Jan. 2009.