Originally published in The Hill on December 13, 2018.
Welcome to The Hill’s Top Lobbyists 2018.
Here you’ll find the most distinguished and accomplished professionals from the influence world who are on the front lines of the nation’s most consequential political and policy battles.
The lobbying world faces new pressures and is under greater scrutiny than ever. But the select few on the list have demonstrated their ability to wield influence and deliver results on Capitol Hill and in the administration on behalf of clients and groups seeking a voice in Washington.
Many of the advocates on the list don’t fit the traditional definition of a lobbyist, and only a portion are registered as such. Some are known as “hired guns,” who are brought on in times of crisis, while others represent the nation’s most iconic companies, industries and unions, as well as grassroots groups.
The nation’s capital is teeming with lobbyists and influencers, but when the stakes are at their highest, these are the players at the top of their game, known for their ability to successfully navigate the byzantine and competitive world of federal policymaking.
Jane Adams, Johnson & Johnson
Cory B. Alexander, UnitedHealth Group Inc.
Bryan Anderson, Southern Co.
Bill Barloon, Sprint Nextel Corp.
Wayne Berman, Blackstone Group LP
Karan Bhatia, Google LLC
Ruchi Bhowmik, PepsiCo Inc.
Abigail Blunt, The Kraft Heinz Co.
Dwayne Carson, The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Maria Cino, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Peter Cleveland and Norberto Salinas, Intel Corp.
Kenneth W. Cole, Pfizer Inc.
Mo Cowan, General Electric Co.
Terri Fariello, United Airlines
Bob Filippone, Merck & Co.
Tucker Foote and Nichole Francis, Mastercard Inc.
Maggie Gage, Credit Suisse Group AG
Matt Gelman and Fred Humphries, Microsoft Corp.
Bruce Harris, Walmart Inc.
Robert Helm, General Dynamics Corp.
Brian Hendricks, Nokia Corp.
Guy Hicks, Airbus Group
Ed Hill, Bank of America Corp.
Robert Hoffman, Accenture
Jessica Hogle, PG&E Corp.
Brian Huseman, Amazon
Alethia Jackson, Walgreen Co.
Lesley A. Kalan, Northrop Grumman Corp.
Joel Kaplan, Facebook Inc.
Timothy Keating, Boeing Co.
Heather Kennedy, The Home Depot Inc.
Laura Lane, Dontai Smalls and Mike Kiely, United Parcel Service Inc.
Melissa Lavinson, Pepco Holdings
Matt Lavoie, Koch Companies
Chris Leahy, Intuit Inc.
Curt Magleby, Ford Motor Co.
Meagan McCanna, Airbnb Inc.
Tim McKone, AT&T Inc.
Jake Menefee, Marathon Petroleum Corp.
Jeanne Mitchell, Exxon Mobil Corp.
Mara Motherway, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
Michael Moran, Zurich North America
Chandler Morse, Workday Inc.
Christopher Myers, Caterpillar Inc.
Sarah Novascone, The Travelers Companies Inc.
Chris Padilla, IBM Corp.
Dean Pappas and Steve English, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.
Michael Paese and Michael Thompson, The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Adam Peterman, Marie Sylla-Dixon and Michelle Persaud, T-Mobile US Inc.
Mike Parrish, Bayer Corp.
Robert Rangel, Lockheed Martin Corp.
Louis Renjel, Duke Energy Corp.
Isaac Reyes, Target Corp.
Mitch Rose, Comcast Corp.
Brian Smith, Regions Bank
Matt Stanton, Under Armour
Lynn Starr, Ericsson
Ryan Stenger, TimkenSteel Corp.
Jonathan Weisgall, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co.
Candi Wolff, Citigroup Inc.
Molly Wilkinson and Nate Gatten, American Airlines Inc.
Cherie Wilson, General Motors Co.
Heather Wingate, Delta Air Lines Inc.
Brandon Arnold, National Taxpayers Union
Lauren Augustine, Student Veterans of America
Matt Bennett, Third Way
Michael Breen, Human Rights First
Garrett Bess, Heritage Action for America
Ana Unruh Cohen and John Bowman, Natural Resources Defense Council
Ken Cook, Environmental Working Group
Chris Cox, National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action
Andrea Delgado, Earthjustice
Steve Ellis, Taxpayers for Common Sense
Marvin Feuer, American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Karen Hobert Flynn and Aaron Scherb, Common Cause
Lily Eskelsen García, National Education Association
Leo Gerard, United Steelworkers
Kate Gould, Friends Committee on National Legislation
Vanita Gupta, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Joshua Habursky, Grassroots Professional Network
Mary Kay Henry, Service Employees International Union
Craig Holman and Lisa Gilbert, Public Citizen
Frederick Isasi, Families USA
Gary Jones, United Auto Workers
Fred Krupp, Environmental Defense Fund
Nancy LeaMond, AARP
Joanne Lin, Francisco Bencosme and Ryan Mace, Amnesty International USA
Meredith McGehee, Issue One
Bill McKibben and May Boeve, 350.org
Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. Public Interest Research Group
Eric Mitchell, Adtalem Global Education
RaShawn Mitchell, National Wildlife Federation
Janet Murguía, UnidosUS
Katie Murtha, Environment America and U.S. Public Interest Research Group
Matthew Myers, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
Tim Phillips, Americans for Prosperity
Melinda Pierce, Sierra Club
Paul Rieckhoff, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Andrew Roth, Club for Growth
Lee Saunders, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Thomas Schatz, Citizens Against Government Waste
Faiz Shakir, American Civil Liberties Union
Christopher Shelton, Communications Workers of America
Tiernan Sittenfeld, League of Conservation Voters
Richard Trumka and Bill Samuel, AFL-CIO
Heather Valentine, Bread for the World
Fred Wertheimer, Democracy 21
Dylan Williams, J Street
Dana Atkins, Military Officers Association of America
Greg Baer and Anthony Cimino, Bank Policy Institute
Mitch Bainwol, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Mark Baker, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Meredith Attwell Baker, CTIA
Greg Barnes, Digital Media Association
Tori Barnes, U.S. Travel Association
Michael Beckerman, Internet Association
Kenneth Bentsen Jr., Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
B. Dan Berger and Brad Thaler, National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions
Joshua Bolten, Business Roundtable
John Bozzella, Global Automakers
Kevin Burke and Annie Russo, Airports Council International — North America
Steve Caldeira, Household & Commercial Products Association
Nicholas Calio, Christine Burgeson and Sean Kennedy, Airlines for America
Chase Cannon and Matt Willette, American Optometric Association
Robert Cresanti, International Franchise Association
Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association
Greg Crist, AdvaMed
Chester “Chip” Davis Jr., Association for Accessible Medicines
Jeffrey D. DeBoer, The Real Estate Roundtable
Richard Deem, American Medical Association
Cal Dooley and Bryan Zumwalt, American Chemistry Council
Roger Dow, Tori Barnes and Jonathan Grella, U.S. Travel Association
Juanita Duggan, National Federation of Independent Business
Martin Edwards, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America
Eric Fanning, Aerospace Industries Association
Jennifer Fisher, American Dental Association
Geoff Freeman, Grocery Manufacturers Associations
David French, National Retail Federation
Lee Fuller, Independent Petroleum Association of America
Dean Garfield and Ricky Le, Information Technology Industry Council
Marco Giamberardino, National Electrical Contractors Association
Elizabeth Goodman, America’s Health Insurance Plans
Chet Thompson, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
Mark Gorman and David Culver, Distilled Spirits Council
Jimi Grande, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
James Greenwood, Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Edward Hamberger, Association of American Railroads
Jason Hartke, Alliance to Save Energy
Jerry Howard, National Association of Home Builders
Erik Huey, Entertainment Software Association
Richard Hunt, Consumer Bankers Association
Chip Kahn, Federation of American Hospitals
Heather O’Beirne Kelly and Karen Studwell, American Psychological Association
Maria Korsnick, Nuclear Energy Institute
Thomas Kuhn and Brian Wolff, Edison Electric Institute
Linda Lipsen, American Association for Justice
Katherine Lugar, American Hotel & Lodging Association
Gail MacKinnon and Patrick Kilcur, Motion Picture Association of America
Dave McCurdy and George Lowe, American Gas Association
Shannon McGahn, National Association of Realtors
Nancy McLernon, Organization for International Investment
Mark Merritt, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association
Linda Moore, TechNet
Susan Neely, American Council of Life Insurers
Rob Nichols, American Bankers Association
Rich Nolan, National Mining Association
Jim Nussle and Ryan Donovan, Credit Union National Association
Stacy Papadopoulos, Sara Slane and Chris Cylke, American Gaming Association
Mark Parkinson, American Health Care Association
Bob Pease, Brewers Association
Richard Pollack, American Hospital Association
Michael Powell, NCTA — The Internet & Television Association
Craig Purser and Laurie Knight, National Beer Wholesalers Association
Rebeca Romero Rainey and Paul Merski, Independent Community Bankers of America
Bree Raum, American Wind Energy Association
Dan Roehl and Matt Walker, National Restaurant Association
John Rother, National Coalition on Health Care
Bob Rusbuldt and Charles Symington, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America
Jennifer Safavian, Retail Industry Leaders Association
Stephen Sandherr, The Associated General Contractors of America
J.C. Scott, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association
Gary Shapiro, Consumer Technology Association
Emily Skor, Growth Energy
Gordon Smith, National Association of Broadcasters
Mike Sommers, American Petroleum Institute
Jonathan Spalter, USTelecom
Kristen Swearingen, Associated Builders and Contractors
Scott Talbott, Electronic Transactions Association
Jeff Tassey, Electronic Payments Coalition
Mary Kay Thatcher, Syngenta
Jay Timmons and Aric Newhouse, National Association of Manufacturers
Stephen Ubl and Lori Reilly, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Dirk Van Dongen, National Association of Wholesale-Distributors
Andrew Walmsley, R.J. Karney and Scott Bennett, American Farm Bureau Federation
Kirsten Wegner, Modern Markets Initiative
Nathaniel Wienecke, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
J. Stephen Zielezienski, American Insurance Association
Josh Ackil and Matt Tanielian, Franklin Square Group
Kai Anderson, Barry Rhoads and Jordan Bernstein, Cassidy and Associates
Andy Barbour, Smith-Free Group
Haley Barbour, Lanny Griffith, Ed Rogers and Loren Monroe, BGR Group
Doyle Bartlett, Eris Group
Bethany Bassett, Rasky Partners
Jennifer Bell, Chamber Hill Strategies
Kirk Blalock and Kirsten Chadwick, Fierce Government Relations
John Blount, Ervin Hill Strategy
Dan Boston, Health Policy Source
Chuck Brain, Capitol Hill Strategies
Paul Brathwaite, Federal Street Strategies
Rob Chamberlin and Sam Whitehorn, Signal Group Consulting
Rob Collins and Mike Ference, S-3 Group
Justin Daly, Daly Consulting Group
Tom Daschle and Nathan Daschle, The Daschle Group
Licy Do Canto, The Do Canto Group
Michael Drobac, Robert Wasinger and Mona Mohib, McGuireWoods Consulting
Ken Duberstein and David Schiappa, The Duberstein Group
Ingrid Duran, D&P Creative Strategies
Missy Edwards, Missy Edwards Strategies
Steve Eichenauer, Public Strategies Washington Inc.
Steve Elmendorf and Jimmy Ryan, Subject Matter
Holly Fechner, Howard Berman, Bill Wichterman and Muftiah McCartin, Covington & Burling LLP
John Feehery, EFB Advocacy
Mitchell Feuer and John Anderson, Rich Feuer Anderson
Camden Fine, Calvert Advisors LLC
Jeff Forbes and Dan Tate Jr., Forbes Tate Partners
Jim Flood, Crowell & Moring
Omar Franco, Becker
Elizabeth Frazee, TwinLogic Strategies
Kimberley Fritts, Cogent Strategies
Sam Geduldig, John Stipicevic and Mike Catanzaro, CGCN Group
Chris Giblin, Moses Mercado and Karissa Willhite, Ogilvy Government Relations
Nicholas Giordano, Washington Council Ernst & Young
Rich Gold, Kathryn Lehman and David Whitestone, Holland & Knight
Micah Green, Jason Abel and Luis Fortuño, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Gregg Hartley and Andy Blunt, Husch Blackwell Strategies
Ralph Hellmann and David Lugar, Lugar Hellmann Group
Michael Herson, American Defense International
Mike Hettinger, Hettinger Strategy Group
Susan Hirschmann, Williams & Jensen
Josh Holly, Holly Strategies
Mike House, Hogan Lovells
Steven Irizarry and Vin Roberti, Roberti Global
Joel Johnson, The Glover Park Group
Matt Keelen, The Keelen Group
Ken Kies, The Federal Policy Group
Israel Klein and Matt Johnson, Klein/Johnson Group
Lisa Kountoupes, Lori Denham and Julie Hershey Carr, KDCR partners LLC
Chris Lamond and Andy Rosenberg, Thorn Run Partners
Marc Lampkin and Al Mottur, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Blanche Lincoln, Lincoln Policy Group
Robert Livingston, The Livingston Group LLC
Esteban López-Rosado, LGA Strategies
Trent Lott, John Breaux and Jack Kingston, Squire Patton Boggs
Patrick Martin, Cozen O’Connor
Bruce Mehlman, David Castagnetti, Lauren Aronson, Dean Rosen and David Thomas, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas
Jeff Miller, Miller Strategies
Majida Mourad, Tellurian
Kyle Nevins and Steve Stombres, Harbinger StrategiesLarry O’Brien, The OB-C Group
Tom O’Donnell, Gephardt Government Affairs
Kevin O’Neill, Eugenia Pierson, Greg Louer and Dana Weekes, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
Manuel Ortiz, VantageKnight
Scott Pastrick and Charlie Black, Prime Policy Group
Ilisa Halpern Paul and Jodie Curtis, District Policy Group
Jeff Peck and Andrew McKechnie, Peck Madigan Jones
Steven Phillips, DLA Piper
Jim Pitts and Chris Cox, Navigators Global
Heather Podesta, Invariant
Brian Pomper, Hunter Bates, Scott Parven, Arshi Siddiqui and Geoff Verhoff, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Lendell Porterfield, Dwight Fettig and Dawn Sears, Porterfield, Fettig & Sears LLC
Thomas Quinn, Venable LLP
Robert Raben, The Raben Group
John Raffaelli, Shannon Finley, Warren Tryon, Ann Jablon and Jeffery Walter, Capitol Counsel
Bob Rapoza, Rapoza Associates
Mark Rayder, Alston & Bird
Chuck Rocha, Solidarity Strategies
Emanuel Rouvelas, Darrell Conner, Bart Gordon and James Walsh, K&L Gates
John Russell and Sander Lurie, Dentons
Scott Segal and Dee Martin, Bracewell
Rhod Shaw and Jason Schendle, Alpine Group
Michaela Sims, Sims Strategies
Mike Smith and Jim Richards, Cornerstone Government Affairs
Charlie Spies and Kevin Kelly, Clark Hill
Tracy Spicer, Avenue Solutions
David Tamasi, Chartwell Strategy Group
Linda Tarplin, Tarplin, Downs & Young LLC
Carl Thorsen and Alec French, Thorsen French Advocacy
David Urban and Manus Cooney, American Continental Group
Stu Van Scoyoc, Van Scoyoc Associates
Nicole Venable, Bockorny Group
Stewart Verdery, Monument Policy Group
Jack Victory and Rick Shelby, Capitol Hill Consulting Group
Alex Vogel, The Vogel Group
Henry Waxman, Waxman Strategies
Scott Weaver, Wiley Rein LLP
Vin Weber and Bryan Lanza, Mercury
Wintta Woldemariam, King & Spalding
Jonathan Yarowsky and Rob Lehman, WilmerHale
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