Former Hill Staffer Tom Downs Heads to Venable | Downtown Moves

Posted July 15, 2014 at 2:06pm

Venable law firm has added yet another former Capitol Hill staffer to its practice. The firm announced Tuesday that Tom Downs, a former chief of staff and legislative aide, will be joining the firm from Patton Boggs (now Squire Patton Boggs ).  

Before joining Patton Boggs, Downs served as chief of staff for former Rep. George Hochbrueckner, D-N.Y. He also worked as a legislative aide for former Rep. Martin Olav Sabo, D-Minn., who chaired the House Budget Committee.  

In a statement announcing the hire, Venable touted Downs as an addition to their “deep bench of Capitol Hill veterans,” which includes former Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and Andrew Olmem , who was chief counsel and deputy staff director at the Senate Banking Committee during the 2008 financial crisis.  

“The firm has an all-star roster of former government officials — the very advisers who understand and can guide clients through the most challenging and sensitive legislative and executive branch issues,” Downs said in a statement.  

Downs also brings that insider knowledge to the table in his new position as a partner in legislative and government affairs in D.C.  

According to Venable’s statement, he will be working with “government entities, corporations, nonprofits and educational institutions” on issues pertaining to congressional funding and public-private partnerships.