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Bracewell & Giuliani's Policy Resolution Group Welcomes Former Congresswoman / CPSC Commissioner Anne Northup to the Firm

May 6, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that former Congresswoman Anne Northup has joined the firm’s Policy Resolution Group (PRG) in Washington, D.C. Northup, who most recently served as a Commissioner on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), will bring the knowledge and experience she has gained over her years of public service to her new role as a strategist and advisor for the firm’s clients, particularly those in the consumer products, health, international trade, energy, environment, and manufacturing sectors.

Northup joins PRG after serving for the past three years as a CPSC Commissioner where she was known for her advocacy on behalf of small business. She served as a Commissioner during the implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and worked to craft rules that balanced the costs to business with  the need to protect children from real risks. Prior to her time as a CPSC Commissioner, she represented the third congressional district of Kentucky in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997-2006 and also the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1987-1996.

As a Member of Congress, Northup served on the House Appropriations Committee, the powerful committee that considers all federal spending bills. She served on several subcommittees including Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Independent Agencies; and Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs. She focused on health and infrastructure issues, and programs for at-risk youth. Representing Kentucky, she also focused on energy and environmental issues and has strong working relationships with the coal, oil and gas industries.

“As both a former legislator and regulator, Anne Northup brings a unique perspective to the Policy Resolution Group,” said PRG head Scott Segal. “She is a perfect fit for two of our largest practice areas – energy and environment, and consumer product safety  – and will also help us expand our practices in other areas including healthcare and international trade. As when she served in Congress, Congresswoman Northup will also be a strong advocate for Kentucky-based companies in Washington, D.C.”

“We welcome Congresswoman Northup to Bracewell & Giuliani,” said Partner Rudolph W. Giuliani. “She built a reputation in Congress as a highly respected leader who worked to create a better environment in the U.S. for economic growth and commerce, and at the CPSC as a Commissioner who protected children from real risks of harm while understanding the costs to businesses of unnecessary regulations.”

“Congresswoman Northup strengthens the firm’s already outstanding advocacy capabilities in Washington, D.C.,” said Bracewell Managing Partner Mark C. Evans. “She is highly respected nationally and will be a tremendous asset for our PRG team as well as attorneys throughout the firm.”

“I am very excited to join Bracewell & Giuliani’s Policy Resolution Group, which has built an outstanding reputation in Washington for advocacy and strategic communications work,” said Northup. “PRG has one of the top consumer products advocacy and strategic communications practices in Washington. I am equally excited to contribute to the firm’s other practice areas and look forward to working with my new colleagues.”

Northup graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business. She has received numerous legislative awards, including the prestigious “Adam Smith Award,” which is presented annually to one federal elected official who exhibits an exemplary commitment to economic freedom.

Formed in 2011, the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell & Giuliani helps clients around the world navigate our complex federal landscape, creating and implementing successful strategies to achieve our clients’ government relations objectives. PRG provides counsel and services in Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Information Gathering and Political Analysis, Strategic Communications and Legal Representation. PRG Founding Partners include Scott Segal, former EPA Congressional Affairs head Ed Krenik, Bracewell partner and lobbyist Dee Martin, and strategic communications experts Frank Maisano and Paul Nathanson.

For additional information on PRG, visit www.policyresolutiongroup.org.