PSI adds Bentsen in latest big-name hire

AUSTIN, TX: Public Strategies (PSI) has snapped up another top name to add to its bipartisan ranks of ex-politicos. US Rep. Ken Bentsen (D-TX) will join Austin-based PSI when the congressional session comes to a close at the end of this month.

AUSTIN, TX: Public Strategies (PSI) has snapped up another top name to add to its bipartisan ranks of ex-politicos. US Rep. Ken Bentsen (D-TX) will join Austin-based PSI when the congressional session comes to a close at the end of this month.

Bentsen, a former investment banker and senior member of the House Budget and Financial Services Committees, will work out of PSI's Austin, New York, and Washington offices, serving financial services firms and other clients, said Terry McDevitt, the public affairs agency's managing director for communications.

Bentsen ran unsuccessfully last year for the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat vacated by Phil Gramm, which Republican John Cornyn eventually won. He is the nephew of former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, for whom PSI's founder and chairman Jack Martin worked early in his career.

"He will certainly work with [Ann] Richards and Martin in our eventual international expansion," McDevitt said.

PSI hired Richards, a former governor of Texas, to open a Manhattan office in late 2001. Agency executives have described the New York outpost as a launching pad to Europe, but a timetable for that expansion has not been set, McDevitt noted. Additional growth in the New York office is expected this year, she added.

Bentsen is the latest to join PSI's growing list of marquee names, which includes President Bush's campaign media director Mark McKinnon.

PSI was founded in 1988 by Martin, and currently has nine offices in the US, and one in Mexico City.

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