Peck Madigan Jones hires Obama, Clinton White House alum

Peck Madigan Jones hires Obama, Clinton White House alum
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Lobby firm Peck Madigan Jones hired Jay Heimbach, a prominent Washington operative, as a partner. He will work on an array of issues, including ones in the tech, financial services and energy space.

Heimbach comes from the World Bank, where he served as the special representative to North America, Australia, New Zealand and Israel working in the external and corporate relations branch.


Monday marks his first day at the firm, whose clients include biotechnology company Amgen, Entergy Corporation, health insurer Anthem, the Business Roundtable, Mastercard, Spotify, Microsoft and the Environmental Defense Action Fund, among others.

“We are fortunate that someone as talented as Jay will be joining our growing team,” said Jonathan Jones, the firm’s chief operating officer, in a statement. “Jay’s deep experience on Capitol Hill, in the Clinton White House and in the Obama White House will offer our clients significant expertise in the government relations and advocacy space. He will have an immediate impact on the important work of our clients and well-positions Peck Madigan Jones for the future."

Peck Madigan Jones is consistently one of K Street's top firms by revenue, and it brought in more than $13.5 million last year, according to lobbying disclosures.

Before his two-year stint at the World Bank, where he worked closely with its president Jim Kim, Heimbach worked as senior director of the ONE Campaign, the anti-poverty group formed by U2 front man Bono — another client of the firm. 

He has also served as a White House special assistant to the president for legislative affairs under President Obama and, before that, served as chief of staff to Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownWorld passes 3 million coronavirus deaths Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents Big bank CEOS to testify before Congress in May MORE (D-Ohio).

Heimbach’s CV also includes working as the director of the Office of Legislative and Inter-Governmental Affairs at Federal Communications Commission and an advisor to President Clinton’s deputy chief of staff.

“Jay is a great addition for our companies,” said Harold Ickes, former deputy chief of staff to President Clinton and a member of the firm’s leadership. “He is the next generation of substance and political savvy here in Washington.” 

Peck Madigan Jones is part of a consortium of firms called the Tiber Creek Group and includes The Ickes & Enright Group, Bay Bridge Strategies, TiberCom, and Tiber Creek Health Strategies. 

The Tiber Creek Group leadership features the longtime Clinton connections Ickes and Patrick Griffin. 

The two men worked in the Clinton White House, and counseled Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' MORE on her election to the Senate and bid for the Oval Office in 2008. 

Ickes is president of Priorities USA Action, the super PAC supporting Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.