Mercury Expands to Texas

Top Legislative Strategist Jay Propes joins new office in Austin

Washington, D.C. – Mercury, a leading global, bipartisan public strategy firm, announced the addition of longtime lobbyist and strategist Jay Propes to the company’s new office in Texas based in the capital of Austin. With over 25 years of government affairs experience, Propes joins Mercury as a Managing Director.

“We are pleased to welcome Jay to Mercury and expand our global footprint to the Lone Star State,” said Mercury CEO Kieran Mahoney. “Jay’s knowledge of Texas legislative politics and time-tested record of success make him a great addition to our team of public affairs and policy professionals at Mercury.”

Most recently, Propes served as a Partner at The Graydon Group for more than 15 years, providing government affairs and strategic planning for clients. From 1990-1992, Propes served as a Legislative Assistant to Texas Congressman Ralph M. Hall in Washington, D.C. handling a broad portfolio of legislative issues for the congressional office. In 1992, Propes traded roles to run Hall’s re-election campaign. After his time in public service, Propes served as Director of Governmental Affairs and Executive Director of the Texas Ophthalmological Association from 1992-2000. Propes graduated from Baylor University in 1990 and is a proud Austin native.

“I am excited to join Mercury and build its presence in my home state of Texas,” said Propes. “Combining my own political and consulting experiences with Mercury’s unmatched strategic outlook, I look forward to establishing a savvy and competitive offering for clients here in Austin.”

Texas marks the fourth Mercury office opened in 2018, following the company’s latest expansions in South Carolina, Iowa and Philadelphia. Mercury’s national presence includes offices in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Florida, California, Tennessee and Montana, in addition to international offices in London and Mexico City.

About Mercury
Mercury is a high-stakes, bipartisan public strategy firm. The firm provides a comprehensive suite of services that includes federal government relations, international affairs, digital influence, public opinion research, media strategy and a bipartisan grassroots mobilization network in all 50 states. Our firm is not just led by top talent — we distinguish ourselves by having senior talent deeply engaged in each project from start to finish, a promise we keep to clients. The firm has an established global presence, with U.S. offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Tennessee, as well as international offices in London and Mexico City.  Mercury is a part of the Omnicom Public Relations Group.

About Omnicom Public Relations Group
Omnicom Public Relations Group is a global collective of three of the top global public relations agencies worldwide and specialist agencies in areas including public affairs, marketing to women, fashion, public health and corporate social responsibility. It encompasses more than 6,000 public relations professionals in more than 330 offices worldwide who provide their expertise to companies, government agencies, NGOs and nonprofits across a wide range of industries. Omnicom Public Relations Group delivers for clients through a relentless focus on talent, continuous pursuit of innovation and a culture steeped in collaboration. Omnicom Public Relations Group is part of the DAS Group of Companies, a division of Omnicom Group Inc. that includes more than 200 companies in a wide range of marketing disciplines including advertising, public relations, healthcare, customer relationship management, events, promotional marketing, branding and research.

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