Dave Schnittger joined the firm after serving for 21 years on the congressional staff of former US House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), working as Deputy Chief of Staff in Speaker Boehner’s leadership office from 2006 to 2015. Known as “Schnitt” to many on Capitol Hill, Dave draws on his decades of experience in some of Washington DC’s toughest policy and political battles to advise clients on legislative and regulatory strategies as part of the firm’s Public Policy Practice. Dave’s clients include major companies in industries ranging from energy and transportation to financial services and entertainment/hospitality. He also serves as spokesman for Speaker Boehner, who joined the firm in 2016 as Senior Strategic Advisor.
During his time in the Speaker’s Office, Dave was repeatedly identified by Roll Call as one of its Fabulous 50 congressional aides, ranking him among those who most “drive the agenda, cut the deals, craft legislation and sway members” and the Hill’s “best communicators, who help set the tone and frame the debate.” POLITICO called Dave “integral to nearly every phase of the speaker’s 23-year career in DC.”
Dave was in the room when key decisions were made by House leaders on nearly every issue during his nearly nine-year stint as a leadership aide. A music buff, he also “often meshed his political work with a lifelong passion for music” and issues affecting the music industry, the Washington Examiner observed.
Born in Cincinnati and raised in West Chester, Ohio, Dave served as press secretary for Speaker Boehner during the latter half of the 1990s and as communications director for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce from 2001 to 2005, during the Speaker’s time as chairman of the committee. In 2005, Dave became chief of staff for Speaker Boehner’s congressional office, a role he held during the critical months that culminated in the Speaker’s successful run for House Majority Leader and return to the House leadership ranks.