Husch Blackwell Strategies Adds Eric Lausten to Federal Practice Group
WASHINGTON, DC – Husch Blackwell Strategies today announced the addition of Eric Lausten to the firm’s Washington, DC, federal practice group. Lausten recently stepped down from his post as Chief of Staff for Congressman Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), a role he held for nearly eight years. Teeming with congressional experience, Lausten’s knowledge and adeptness of navigating federal government affairs will be an invaluable asset to Husch Blackwell Strategies’ clients in Washington, DC.
“We are growing our federal capabilities at a rapid pace and the addition of Eric Lausten reflects our commitment not only to the expansion of our capabilities, but our commitment to providing unparalleled expertise and service that lead to successful outcomes,” said Gregg Hartley, Chief Executive Officer for Husch Blackwell Strategies. “Eric brings a deep understanding of federal policymaking and government affairs strategy that will no doubt be a boon to our firm and clients.”
“Serving U.S. Representative Daniel Lipinski has been an honor and the decision to leave was certainly not an easy one to make. At the same time, I am excited to take on this new challenge and grateful to be afforded the privilege of joining a firm of Husch Blackwell Strategies’ caliber,” said Lausten. “Their upstanding reputation is widespread and notable recent accolades in the federal space speak to the ability of its team members and vision from firm leadership. I look forward to contributing my capabilities to the firm’s efforts.”
As Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Daniel Lipinski, Eric acted as lead policy and political advisor, providing oversight for the Congressman’s active legislative and policy program. Eric provided integral support during Rep. Lipinski’s service on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Space and Technology Committee, in addition to serving as liaison to U.S. House leadership, the White House and a wide array of stakeholders on behalf of Rep. Lipinski.
“Husch Blackwell Strategies continues to grow our reach in Washington and across the country. Eric will significantly add to the experience and value provided by our team,” said Andy Blunt, Chief Operating Officer for Husch Blackwell Strategies. “The addition to our team is simply a continuation of our commitment to serving our clients in the best way possible.”
Prior to serving for Rep. Lipinski, Eric managed federal affairs for the Governor of Puerto Rico and served as Legislative Director for the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico. Eric’s long list of experience also includes serving as Legislative Director for Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, covering Rep. McKinney’s assignment to the House Armed Services Committee, among other constituent and outreach responsibilities.
Throughout his career Eric has proven instrumental in achieving various measures passed into law, including long-term transportation bills (FAST Act and MAP-21), Water Resources Development Acts, FAA reauthorizations, as well as federal research and development/innovation policy bills such as the COMPETES Act, and manufacturing policy bills such as the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act and the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act.
In addition to attending graduate classes at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the National Defense University, Eric holds a Master of Arts Degree in International Science and Technology Policy from The George Washington University and received his undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech. A native of Connecticut, Eric resides in Washington, DC, with his wife, Rosanne, and their son, Trevor.
About Husch Blackwell Strategies
Husch Blackwell Strategies operates as a joint venture limited liability corporation formed by Husch Blackwell LLP, Andy Blunt and Gregg Hartley. The firm provides full-suite lobbying and government affairs consulting in Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Texas and Washington DC. Husch Blackwell Strategies does not provide legal services.