Washington, D.C., June 30— Patton Boggs LLP, recently snagged Katie Whelan, a senior Washington government relations expert, who has extensive experience with both political parties, having served as Republican California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s senior advisor and as the executive director of the Democratic Governors Association.
Ms. Whelan joins Patton Boggs as a senior policy advisor in its bipartisan public policy practice. She brings nearly three decades of political experience at the federal, state and local levels as well as developing strategies for Fortune 500 companies.
She is poised to help clients navigate the intersection of state and federal laws as well as develop legislative initiatives and devise lobby campaigns. Ms. Whelan’s political experience stretches back nearly three decades when, fresh out of Ithaca College, she worked for Senator Ted Kennedy’s 1980 presidential campaign. She has worked for a presidential candidate in every single contest since.
Patton Boggs’ public policy practice has thrived by bringing together a bipartisan group of professionals who have taken on leadership roles in the both public and private sectors and are familiar with a variety of industries, said Stuart Pape, the firm’s managing partner.
“Katie Whelan embodies all of these traits – she has held prominent positions serving both major parties, possesses an extraordinary grasp of regulatory issues from the government and business perspectives, and is highly knowledgeable on industries ranging from higher education and health care to energy and natural resources,” Pape said. “She will be a significant asset to the firm and its clients.”
Ms Whelan has developed and maintained strong bipartisan relationships at all levels of government throughout her career. She has spent more than 20 years at the helm of executive level management. In addition to working for national party organizations, she has built ties with non-profit organizations, labor unions, educators and national and international media organizations. She is known among corporate chieftains and politicians alike as a team builder, a go-to person, someone who can get the job done.
In her role advising Governor Schwarzenegger, Ms. Whelan worked on federal policy and appropriations issues of major import, including energy, higher education, agriculture, health care, natural resources, and the state’s national research laboratories.
Ms. Whelan ran the Democratic Governors Association in addition to serving as its national finance director. She directed and implemented policy initiatives and worked to recruit and elect Democratic Governors. Her position in the association made her principal liaison to the Clinton-Gore 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns.