Despite entreaties by Chairman Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) and even President-elect Bill Clinton, the top staffer on the House Ways & Means Committee may be headed for the greener pastures of the private sector. Chief Counsel Robert J. Leonard is expected to form a lobbying partnership with Nicholas E. Calio, assistant to the President for legislative affairs in the Bush White House. Leonard, 46, has worked for the committee since 1974. No word yet on a replacement, but Ways & Means Tax Counsel Janice A. Mays could become the first woman to get the top staff post.

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