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Perspectives Series: David Hobbs, LBJ Alumnus and former Assistant to the President

Thu April 2, 2009 at LBJ School Student Lounge

From Texas to Capitol Hill to the White House, David Hobbs will speak about his journey from the LBJ School to the highest levels of federal government. Refreshments will be served.

About David Hobbs

David Hobbs is the founder of the Hobbs Group, a strategic government affairs consulting firm. Prior to founding the firm, he served as Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs at the White House, a position he held from January 2003 through January 2005. In this role he served as the President's principal liaison to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, managing and directing the twenty two person Legislative Affairs team, and coordinating the White House's daily involvement with Capitol Hill. Previously, Mr. Hobbs was Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, overseeing the House-side operations from January 2001 through 2002.Mr. Hobbs served as chief of staff to House Majority Leader Dick Armey from late 1998 until January 2001. As Armey's most senior advisor, he oversaw all aspects of his congressional, leadership and political offices, including the Leader's extended staff of over 30 professionals. He also played an integral role in planning, coordinating and implementing House Republican leadership goals, including legislative, communications, political and strategic planning initiatives.Prior to becoming chief of staff, David served for four years as the Majority Leader's policy coordinator and senior floor assistant, working closely with elected leaders, committee chairmen and House members to develop, frame and enact the GOP's legislative agenda.David began his congressional career as an intern in the office of Rep. Bill Archer in 1978. He joined Representative Armey's staff in 1985 and as Armey's legislative director coordinated Armey's work on the Education, Government Operations, and Budget committees. In 1988, he helped develop and enact Congressman Armey's historic base closing and realignment initiative.In 1989, David left Capitol Hill to became Executive Director/President of the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI), an economic think tank in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In 1992, he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in Texas' 12th Congressional District.

David returned to Washington in 1995 after Republicans took control of the House and Armey was chosen by his colleagues to serve as Majority Leader. Working with members of the leadership, committee chairmen and their staffs, Hobbs worked to see the promises made in the Contract with America honored in the first 100 days of the new Republican Congress. His subsequent work over the ensuing six years with members and staff conservative and moderate alike earned him recognition by the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call as one of the 50 most influential staff members on Capitol Hill from 1995 - 2000.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Hobbs grew up in Houston, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in government and received a master's in public affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs in 1983. David is married to the former Gretchen Lillie. They have two children, Christopher and Sarah, and reside in Alexandria, Virginia.
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