Former Senator to Establish, Lead Gulf South Operations for Mercury
Washington, DC – Mercury, a leading global, bipartisan public strategy firm, announced today the addition of David Vitter to its Washington, DC office. Vitter joins Mercury after a 17-year tenure in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, including a role on the Senate Majority Whip team. Vitter will serve as Co-Chairman in Mercury’s DC office. He will also spearhead the creation of Mercury’s Gulf South Operations in 2017.
“We are pleased to welcome Senator Vitter to the Mercury team after his impressive career in Congress. His unmatched policy experience will be a tremendous asset to our clients, and we are excited to establish a presence in the Gulf South under his leadership,” said Mercury Co-founder and CEO, Kieran Mahoney.
“I am thrilled to join the Mercury team, who are known nationwide as a top-tier public affairs operation stacked with some of the smartest minds in policy and politics,” Vitter said. “Our government is at a truly unique moment, and I am excited to work alongside some of the best in the business to help affect important change in the public affairs arena. Most of all, I am eager to continue serving the people of Louisiana and the Gulf South in this new role.”
From 2005-2017, Vitter served two consecutive terms as a United States Senator for Louisiana. A veteran legislator, Vitter represented the 1st District of Louisiana in the U.S. House prior to his years in the Senate. Throughout his 17 years serving both houses of Congress, Vitter earned a reputation as a strong conservative voice for reform, working to curb excessive power and overreach out of Washington.
He served as the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, helping to craft and pass major legislation including: the landmark Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act; the Water Resources Reform and Development Act; and the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. Vitter also served as a member of the Republican Whip Team, Chair of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and as a leading member of the Banking Committee. He gained vast experience in many areas of public policy through his leading role in Hurricane Katrina response and recovery.
“David is a distinguished public servant with deep experience in federal government,” said Mercury Partner and former U.S. Congressman Vin Weber. “At the start of a new year, with a new administration and new Congress, Senator Vitter’s leadership and guidance is an invaluable asset for Mercury and our clients.”
Vitter joined Mercury on February 1, 2017.
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