Arent Fox on Thursday notified Congress that former Rep. Philip English (R-Pa.), now a senior government relations adviser at the firm, is lobbying for a nonprofit organization that offers services and programs in Pennsylvania for people with intellectual disabilities.
English, who was in the House from 1995 to 2009, is representing the Barber National Institute, which provides learning opportunities, housing and care to disabled individuals, along with educational and support services for families and professionals. According to congressional records, he is advocating for the organization on Medicaid polices and funds from the departments of Defense and Health and Human Services.
“It is time for us to re-establish our links with Washington,” Barber National Institute President and CEO John Barber said.
English, who is a co-chairman of Arent Fox’s government relations practice, said he is working to get the organization’s voice heard in Congress and the executive branch, helping it play a role in shaping national policies concerning people with disabilities.
The lobbyist confirmed that the firm is not representing the nonprofit pro bono. He declined to say how much the lobbying contract was for.
English said the organization is “truly an innovator” and will bolster Arent Fox’s government relations practice.
“This is an unusual niche for a K Street firm,” he said. “But it is one we are very excited about.”
Most of English’s lobbying in 2011 is for organizations and businesses involved with health care. This summer, Arent Fox also told Congress that English is representing The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the American Association for Wound Care Management and CSL Behring, a company that develops, manufactures and sells biotherapeutics used to treat rare and serious medical conditions.