Edelman brings on former senators Gregg, Conrad in adviser roles

Both will offer public policy advice and communications counsel to corporate, association, and nonprofit clients in the newly created roles.

(L-R): Judd Gregg and Kent Conrad
(L-R): Judd Gregg and Kent Conrad

WASHINGTON: Edelman has brought on former Sens. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Judd Gregg (R-NH) as strategic advisers.

Both will offer public policy advice and communications counsel to corporate, association, and nonprofit clients in the newly created roles, the firm said in a statement.

Their roles aren't considered full-time or part-time, but rather they will provide services according to client need, said Sean Neary, EVP and group head at Edelman.

Conrad represented North Dakota in the Senate from 1987 to 2013. He was chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and senior member of the Intelligence and Finance committees. He joined the Bipartisan Policy Center after 26 years in the Senate, where he is co-chairing a commission on retirement security issues.

Gregg was a three-term senator, governor of New Hampshire for two terms, and a representative from the state for four terms. During his Senate career, he was chairman and ranking Republican on the Budget Committee and a senior member of the Banking Committee. Gregg was also chairman of the Health Committee and a co-author of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. He was nominated for the Secretary of Commerce post by President Barack Obama in 2009 but withdrew his name from consideration.

Gregg had also served as CEO of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, a financial lobbying group, but quit the organization last December.

Both were members of President Barack Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, also known as Simpson-Bowles, and both serve on the Campaign to Fix the Debt, where Gregg is co-chair. 

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