By Kevin Bogardus - 10/06/10 04:46 PM EDT
Republican strategist John Feehery has joined Quinn Gillespie & Associates, one of the top lobby firms in Washington.
Feehery will be a director at the firm, as well as president of QGA Communications.
“John Feehery is a force in this town,” said Jack Quinn, the firm’s chairman, in a statement. “He brings to us a potent combination of policy expertise and strategic communications experience.”
Feehery comes to Quinn Gillespie from his own firm, the Feehery Group, which he founded in 2007. Prior to that, he was executive vice president for global government affairs at the Motion Picture Association of America.
Feehery has held several communications roles with senior Republican lawmakers. He helped write speeches for former House Minority Leader Bob Michel (R-Ill.), was communications director for then-House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and was a top spokesman for ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.).
Feehery will join several other Republicans at Quinn Gillespie, including Marc Lampkin, David Lugar and Dave Hoppe.
Feehery said the firm has “a great team. There is a lot of talent over there.”
“Without a good communications plan being implemented in this day and age, it is hard to get their legislative goals done. That is what Quinn Gillespie is trying to do, and that is why I am comfortable going there. I can help them achieve that vision,” Feehery said.
Feehery said he hopes to bring over his lobbying and public-relations clients to his new firm. According to lobbying disclosure records, Feehery is a registered lobbyist for the Interactive Gaming Council and News Corp. Additionally, he is a regular contributor to The Hill’s Pundits Blog.