The American Gaming Association has tapped a former top aide to House Speaker John Boehner to lobby Congress on behalf of the casino industry trade group.

Beltway insider Whitaker Lee Askew has been appointed vice president of government affairs, the association, which represents U.S. commercial casinos, announced.

Askew served five years with Boehner, an Ohio Republican who was House minority leader at the time, and was executive director of The Freedom Project, a Republican political action committee chaired by Boehner. Askew led fund-raising for the PAC and managed day-to-day political operations, working closely with members of Congress, candidates, businesses, donors and community leaders.

Prior to joining Boehner, Askew was PAC coordinator for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.

He joins a government affairs team that includes AGA Chief Executive Frank Fahrenkopf and Vice President Dorothy Jackson. He fills the position vacated by John Versaggi, who had worked with the association since 2010 and recently left to become vice president of federal government affairs for United Health Group.