George Lowe, who spent four years serving as chief of staff to former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), has joined Brown Rudnick’s Washington office as a partner. Lowe will work as a lobbyist in Brown Rudnick’s government law and strategies group.
Lowe served as Stevens’ chief of staff from 2005 to 2009, when Stevens lost his bid for re-election amid his federal corruption trial. Despite being convicted of making false statements on his financial disclosure forms, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. asked that Stevens’ conviction be vacated because prosecutors failed to turn over certain pieces of evidence to defense attorneys from Williams & Connolly. Stevens was killed in an August plane crash while on a fishing trip in Alaska.
As Stevens’ chief of staff, Lowe oversaw legislation including committee and floor strategy, appropriations, interaction with the administration and other government agencies, outreach with the business community, office correspondence, constituent services, office budgets and press strategy. Lowe managed the U.S-China Interparlimentary Group, making several trips to China to meet with President Hu Jintao and high level members of the National People’s Congress.
Lowe also served as legislative director, chief counsel, legislative assistant and legislative correspondent under Stevens.
From 2004 to 2005, Lowe served as chief of staff to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a role in which he also acted as the lead staffer for the Deputy Republican Whip’s Office. In that capacity, Lowe conducted extensive work with Senate leadership on votes, legislation and policy. He oversaw committee work including the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Foreign Relations Committee, Indian Affairs Committee and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
Murkowski is currently embroiled in a recount effort after leading a write-in campaign for re-election. Unofficial totals from Alaska’s division of elections show Murkowski leading GOP rival Joe Miller by a count of 92,164 votes to 90,458.
After leaving government in 2009, Lowe opened Lowe Strategies and lobbied on behalf of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Edison International, according to Senate lobbying disclosure records.
As The National Law Journal reported earlier this month, former chiefs of staff to Republican members of Congress are a hot commodity on the lateral market after the massive GOP victories in the midterm elections. Judy Black, a Republican lobbyist at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, told the NLJ, "They have experience with a range of issues, including health care, financial reform and tax policy. All of those are going to remain important in the future."
For Brown Rudnick, the addition of Lowe marks the second hire for the firm in as many months. In October, the firm hired Frank Tillotson, who served as senior vice president of congressional affairs for the U.S. Export Import Bank and also as deputy director for congressional affairs for the city of New York.