Brad Howard is a Principal at the Vogel Group.
With more than 15 years of experience in government and politics, Brad Howard joins Vogel Group after serving as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) from 2017 – 2022 where Politico described him as a “key powerbroker for House moderates.” Brad served as chief policy advisor to the Congresswoman who was a member of House Democratic Leadership and served on the House Ways & Means Committee, House Armed Services Committee, House Small Business Committee, and the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the Capitol. In the 117th Congress, Murphy served as Chief Deputy Whip, on the influential Steering & Policy Committee, as Chair Emeritus of Future Forum (representing the youngest members of the Democratic caucus), and as a leader of the powerful Blue Dog Coalition, where Brad helped negotiate major pieces of legislation with House moderates, House leadership, and the White House in a closely divided Congress. Brad was also elected by his colleagues to serve as Secretary of the bipartisan House Chiefs of Staff Association, composed of House Chiefs of Staff and Staff Directors from both parties.
Prior to joining Congresswoman Murphy’s team, Brad served as Press Secretary and Spokesperson for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who now serves as Senior Advisor to the President and Infrastructure Coordinator, leading the implementation of the bipartisan infrastructure law, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Brad also worked in the Obama Administration in the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy — an office that advances the views and concerns of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policymakers.
Brad got his start in Arkansas politics as an intern for then-Congressman, and now, Senator John Boozman (R-AR), and eventually made his way to Washington to serve as Communications Director for Congressman Mike Ross (D-AR) – a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee who played an instrumental role in the Affordable Care Act negotiations. Brad went on to become the spokesperson for the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition before he moved back to Arkansas to help his former boss run for governor. After two stints managing U.S. Senate races in Arkansas and Indiana, he eventually moved to Florida to run Stephanie Murphy’s historic campaign that shocked the nation by unseating a 24-year incumbent with what the Washington Post named one of the “ten best-run campaigns” in the nation that cycle.
Brad earned his Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and his Master of Arts in Public Communications from American University in Washington, D.C. He is an active member of Foundry United Methodist Church and Q Street, the professional association of LGBTQ lobbyists and public policy advocates. He is an avid Arkansas Razorbacks fan and enjoys biking.