A former top aide to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee's Democrats will start at the Washington office of McGuireWoods next month, the firm announced today.
Russell Sullivan, who stepped down as the panel's staff director in January, will join McGuireWoods as a partner July 1. He also will serve as a senior adviser to the firm's lobbying arm, McGuireWoods Consulting.
At the firm, Sullivan will focus on regulatory and legislative issues that involve taxes, health care and trade, among other matters. But he can't lobby the Senate Finance Committee until next year.
Sullivan had worked on the Hill since 1995, joining the Senate Finance Committee four years later. He became the staff director for the panel's Democrats in 2004. Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who plans to retire from the Senate in 2015, has led the committee since 2007.
A member of The National Law Journal's 2012 Hill Hot List, Sullivan has his fingerprints on some of the biggest tax legislation in the past decade, including the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration's health care law. He also worked on the 2011 congressional deficit commission, also known as the "supercommittee," which was unable to come up with a solution to the debt crisis.
In July 2012, lobbying shops told Roll Call that Sullivan is a top prospect for a job in the influence industry because of his tax experience.
"Throughout his many years on Capitol Hill, Russ developed a reputation as someone who knows how to work with people on both sides of the aisle to get the job done," McGuireWoods chairman Richard Cullen said in a written statement. "With his experience and keen insight into complex issues like taxation and changes in the healthcare market, it is no wonder that so many considered him the most sought-after staff member to leave Capitol Hill this past year."