Google has named Susan Molinari, a former Republican congresswoman from New York, to lead its policy office in Washington.
Molinari, 53, succeeds Google lobbyist Alan Davidson, who left the company last year.
"I am excited about Susan joining Google . She is a true trailblazer. Her enthusiasm for our technology and its potential to change lives will be a real asset to our team in the Americas," said David Drummond, senior vice president and chief legal officer, in a statement.
Politico first reported Molinari was joining Google and would be leaving her Susan Molinari Strategies consulting firm, which deals with government affairs.
It said she begins her new position as vice president of public policy and government relations for the Americas in mid-March.
With Google in the spotlight over privacy concerns, it will no doubt be one of the first issues Molinari will have to address.
Molinari was a House representative from 1990 to 1997. She succeeded her father, Guy Molinari, in the U.S. House of Represenatives. She is married to former congressman William Paxon.