Louis Hengen joined WestRock’s government relations team in October 2016 from Balch & Bingham. He has represented the corrugated packaging company for almost 10 years and is a former aide to Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott. He began his career in the office of former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., politics and family ties run through his blood. His father worked on Lott’s first congressional campaign in 1972, and all three were members of the Sigma Nu fraternity at the University of Mississippi. Hengen fundraised at night for the Republican National Committee while working for Lott before moving to the Food Products Association, which merged with the Grocery Manufacturers Association in 2007. While at the association, Hengen received a master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins University before spending three years with Colling Swift & Hynes, a lobbying firm. In June 2009, Hengen decided to begin his own firm, Hengen Group, in part because he felt he could serve his clients better. He ran the Hengen Group for four years.