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Government Relations

The members of the Bowles Rice Government Relations group have decades of experience in successfully advocating for the interests of our clients at the local, state and federal levels.

We regularly assist clients with bill drafting and in-depth review, technical presentations and issue advocacy, and strategic advice and counseling. We facilitate communications with, access to, and meetings between our clients and local, state and federal policymakers. We lobby on behalf of businesses, industry groups and associations.

Members of our Government Relations group have successfully represented clients before municipal, state and federal government agencies and county boards of education.  We have conducted workshops and seminars on effective grassroots and political campaigns, as well as participated in statewide election efforts.

During the Legislative Session, Bowles Rice regularly tracks legislation that may impact our clients and we provide clients with regular updates.   And, because effective government relations requires a year-round approach, members of our Government Relations group actively participate in industry organizations and associations on government and legislative issues throughout the year.

Our government relations work conforms to the highest ethical standards, including those defined by the West Virginia Governmental Ethics Act and the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission.

The Chairman of our Government Relations group is the firm’s Managing Partner, Tom Heywood. Tom served as Chief of Staff and Counsel for former West Virginia Governor Gaston Caperton.  He also served as Chairman of West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s election committee in 2011 and 2012, and was appointed by former West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III to serve as a member of the Judicial Reform Commission in 2009.  He was appointed by former West Virginia Governor Cecil Underwood in 1997 to serve as Co-Chairman of the “Yes on 1 Committee,” which successfully advocated passage of an amendment to the West Virginia Constitution that permitted the State to invest in stocks. He also served as Chairman of Governor Underwood’s Transition Committee on Medicaid, having served as Chairman of the 1995 Medicaid Crisis Panel.

Tom has appeared before numerous legislative and agency committees and has helped draft and review legislation. He also has been active in various political, school bond and levy elections.  He was named one of the “10 Most Influential Business Leaders in West Virginia” by The State Journal in 2012.

He currently serves as President of the Board of the Discover the REAL West Virginia Foundation, the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association and is Chairman of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Government Affairs Committee. 

Many of our firm’s attorneys have drafted legislation, testified, or otherwise lobbied the legislature or regulatory agencies, and are ready to provide guidance and assist our clients.

In addition, our firm’s Executive Director, Judy Margolin, served as an assistant to former West Virginia Governor Gaston Caperton, as well as U.S. Senators Robert C. Byrd and Jay Rockefeller. She was a member of the Transition Committee for former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise in 2000 and more recently worked with the Tomblin for Governor Committee. Because of her background, Judy regularly works closely with officials throughout West Virginia and the federal government. She is a veteran of several statewide political campaigns, and has conducted workshops on organizing campaigns and fundraising.

For more information about the Bowles Rice Government Relations group, contact Tom Heywood.

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