The Daschle Group, founded by former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), hired its first Republican lobbyist, Sen. Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerOvernight Defense & National Security — A new plan to treat Marines 'like human beings' Republicans press Milley over perceived progressive military agenda Senate Republicans raise concerns about TSA cyber directives for rail, aviation MORE’s (R-Neb.) former chief of staff Joe Hack.
Hack, who worked for Fischer since she was first elected in 2012, is the former all-Democratic firm’s seventh lobbyist. The Daschle Group was founded in 2014.
Daschle is no stranger to the current 50-50 Senate, where each party controls 50 seats and Vice President Harris breaks tie votes. He was the majority leader during a similar 50-50 Senate from 2001 to 2003.
“In the Senate, every vote matters, and that’s never more true than when the body is split 50-50. We faced this situation 20 years ago, when I was Democratic leader and President BidenJoe BidenDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Pfizer to apply for COVID-19 booster approval for 16- and 17-year-olds: report Coronavirus variant raises fresh concerns for economy MORE was one of my close colleagues. This might sound a little old-fashioned, but we never thought compromise was a dirty word — we always thought it was a healthy part of the process,” Daschle told The Hill.
His experience in the Senate led him to make the strategic move to hire Hack. Daschle retired in 2005.
“We knew that if we wanted to get anything done, we had to work with the other side. I still believe that’s true. Bringing Joe Hack on our team was a strategic decision to move The Daschle Group in a bipartisan direction with more talent, expertise, and relationships now available to our clients,” he said.
Hack looks forward to being the firm’s first and only Republican.
“A bipartisan firm provides more options and insights, and I'm excited that the team chose me as their first Republican,” he said. “I've always had strong relationships on both sides of the aisle and have a reputation for taking on tough issues for Republicans. I'm also a utility player.”
Hack became chief of staff in 2014, after first serving as Fischer’s communications director and deputy chief of staff for two years. He previously served as former GOP Senate Whip Jon Kyl’s (R-Ariz.) communications director and chief spokesman.
Before that, he was a press and policy aide for Rep. J. Randy ForbesJames (Randy) Randy ForbesDaschle Group hires first GOP lobbyist Overnight Defense: US sanctions NATO ally Turkey over Russian defense system | Veterans groups, top Democrats call for Wilkie's resignation | Gingrich, other Trump loyalists named to Pentagon board Gingrich, other Trump loyalists named to Pentagon advisory panel MORE (R-Va.) and Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio).
“My longtime boss and friend, Deb Fischer, is known as an effective legislator. She likes to win. She understands her colleagues and has had a seat at the leadership table for more than six years. Learning from her and working beside her as her top policy and political aide has equipped me well to transition to this new advocacy role,” he said.
Nathan Daschle, president and chief operation officer of The Daschle Group, said that hiring Hack was part of the evolution of the firm.
“We want to be the best of the best, and having a diverse team with different backgrounds and points of view will only enhance our ability to represent our clients. Joe is incredibly smart, savvy, and widely respected on both sides. He's a seasoned pro with a strong track record of accomplishments and relationships that will strengthen the services we offer,” he said.