Max Sandlin is a partner at Mercury where he leads the government relations and public strategies team in Washington, DC.
A former member of the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Sandlin provides clients with expertise and strategic counsel concerning issues such as energy, health care, tax, financial services, trade, etc. He has also represented clients in inquiries and investigations in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.
Sandlin, who has been identified in the Washington press as a “top Democratic strategist,” served eight years (1997-2005) in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democratic Congressman representing Texas District 1. He was a member of senior House leadership, serving as Chief Deputy Whip to current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and subsequently to current Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD). Sandlin was an elected and later a leadership representative on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, and was one of a small group of legislators chosen for the Parliamentary Group—representatives called upon for rapid parliamentary and procedural action on the floor of the U.S. House.
While in the House, Sandlin served on the powerful and prestigious Ways and Means Committee, and also served on the Financial Services Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Sandlin is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition and was chairman of the Blue Dog Energy Task Force. He was also chairman of the Democratic Caucus Financial Services Task Force and a member of the New Democrat Coalition.