Kountoupes Denham hires Capitol Hill veteran

The boutique lobbying firm Kountoupes | Denham has added a former senior staffer for Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) to its team.

Randi Reid, who will serve as a principal at the firm, spent several years with Enzi, most recently working as his legislative director and advising the lawmaker in his duties on the Senate Finance, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committees.

In a statement about her departure, Enzi called Reid a “rock solid” part of his staff.

“In an environment prone to partisanship, Randi has shown the ability to cut right through obstacles with her sincerity, sense of humor and natural charm,” he said. “We will miss her dearly but wish her and Kountoupes | Denham the best in their new adventure together."

In an announcement about Reid’s hire on Friday, the firm said that she managed the development and counseled the senator on landmark legislation, including ObamaCare and the Marketplace Fairness Act.

Lisa Kountoupes, the firm’s founder, and others said they were excited about the “stellar addition.”

“Randi Reid is a recognized leader among colleagues on both sides of the aisle and knows the Senate inside and out. She is highly regarded not only for her command of the issues but also for being a great coalition builder, and getting things done," said Lori Denham, a partner at the firm.

Prior to advising Enzi on policy, she held a similar role in the office of Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), the chairman of the Congressional Health Care Caucus and member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She helped Burgess form his congressional office and policies after being elected in 2003.

Reid also worked on the first Senate campaign of Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn in 2002 and the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2000.