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Janice Bashford Joins Arnold & Porter’s Legislative & Public Policy Practice in Washington, DC

March 1, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC, March 1, 2021 — Arnold & Porter announced today that Janice Bashford has joined the firm’s Legislative and Public Policy practice as a Senior Policy Advisor, resident in Washington, DC.  Most recently, Ms. Bashford served as Legislative Director and Chief Counsel to Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), a position she has held since 2016.  Ms. Bashford has previously served in senior roles for DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), and, earlier in her career, in staff positions for US Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and on the field operations team of the 2008 Obama-Biden campaign.

Arnold & Porter Chairman Richard M. Alexander commented: "Janice joins the Firm at a critical time when Congress will be playing a key role in shaping the Biden-Harris Administration’s legislative agenda.  She is widely respected on the Hill and her expertise and experience will be invaluable as our clients navigate the important legislative issues before Congress."

With more than 15 years of legislative experience, Ms. Bashford played a key role in negotiating and advancing legislation and other initiatives on a range of issues including the judiciary, appropriations, foreign affairs, child welfare, civil and human rights, voting rights, immigration, health, labor, intellectual property and copyright, and the COVID-19 response.  She also has worked closely with members of the House Ways and Means Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Tri-Caucus.

In joining Arnold & Porter, Ms. Bashford said: "The new Administration’s agenda will focus on a wide range of issues including economic, health care, environmental, racial justice, and education, to name a few.  I look forward to joining the Arnold & Porter Legislative & Public Policy team to advocate for legislative solutions for clients in this rapidly changing environment."

Ms. Bashford earned her JD from Georgetown University Law Center and received her BA from American University, where she was an Arthur Shackler Scholar.


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