WASHINGTON, D.C.—Former United States Senator Jim Talent (R-Mo.) has joined Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations as co chairman. Talent will work from the agency’s offices in St. Louis and Washington, D.C., and will provide local and national public affairs and government relations counsel to the firm’s clients.
Talent’s career in public service began in 1984, when at the age of 28 he was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives. In 1992, he was elected to the first of four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives where he represented Missouri’s Second Congressional District. In 2002, Missourians elected Talent to serve in the United States Senate where he worked with Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden to secure critical funding and construction bonds in the highway bill and with California’s Senator Dianne Feinstein to pass a comprehensive anti-meth bill. He also led the fight to add a renewable fuels standard to the energy bill.
He joins Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations as it dramatically expands its expertise and geographic reach, led by co-chairmen former Congressman Max Sandlin (D Tex.), former Bronx borough president and New York City Democratic mayoral nominee Fernando Ferrer, former U.S. Representative Bill Luther (Dem-Minn.), and Michael McKeon, former communications director to Governor George Pataki (R-NY).