Updated at 5:24 p.m.
The senior tax counsel for the congressional "supercommittee" will join Heather Podesta + Partners in February, the lobby shop announced Thursday.
Stephen Bailey, an aide to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) for almost 14 years, "will be a huge asset to our clients," firm founder Heather Podesta said in a statement.
“Whether it is the Supercommittee, Simpson-Bowles Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Commission, Bush tax cuts, or the Tax Reform Act of 1986, Stephen has been at the table,” Podesta said. “These experiences, along with his time in the private sector and executive branch, are a potent combination.”
Bailey, who was the point person on tax issues for the Senate Budget Committee Democrats, has held a variety of positions in the private and public sectors over a career that stretches almost 40 years. Before he came to work on Capitol Hill for the first time in 1983, Bailey spent 10 years working for the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
During his first seven years on the Hill, Bailey served as legislative director and tax counsel to Rep. Don Pease (D-Ohio). He then was a director at the lobbying firm of Gold and Liebengood (now Burson-Marsteller) from 1990 to 1998, when he left to work for Conrad.
Bailey said Conrad’s decision not to run for reelection this year prompted his decision to head to Heather Podesta + Partners. He said choosing to leave the Hill was “not too difficult.”