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O’Neill Quoted in National Law Journal and CQ Roll Call on Legislative Advocacy Under New Speaker of the House

November 21, 2023

Kevin O’Neill, chair of the Legislative & Public Policy practice group, was quoted in The National Law Journal and CQ Roll Call discussing the appointment of Rep. Mike Johnson as Speaker of the House and its effect on legislative advocacy.

In CQ Roll Call, O'Neill described Johnson's ascension as "a curveball like no other in lobbying history," highlighting the unique challenges his brief tenure and limited network pose to lobbyists. He also pointed out the necessity for lobbying firms to adapt, stating, “people had less time to cultivate a Mike Johnson network and similarly he has had less time to build one.”

O'Neill noted in The National Law Journal that lobbyists are actively working to understand Johnson's stance on various client issues and how they align with the broader House Republican conference. He said this will be the key to effectively navigating the dynamics on Capitol Hill and advocating for client interests under the new leadership.

Read The National Law Journal article: “Big Law Policy Practices Prepare for Busy End of Year” (subscription needed).

Read the CQ Roll Call article: “‘Curveball like no other:’ Johnson’s rise has K Street trying to keep up.”