Max Sandlin, who lost his reelection bid in 2004 after eight years in the House, sat on the Ways and Means Committee and was a member of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
The NAB is adding some Democratic muscle to its government relations operation, hiring former Texas Democratic Congressman Max Sandlin as an outside lobbyist.
Sandlin represented Texas’s first congressional district for eight years (until 2005), and is currently with Greenberg Traurig, one of Washington’s top legal and lobbying firms.
Sandlin is new to broadcasting and communications policy, but he knows his way around Capitol Hill, having held a seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee and having served as a minority chief deputy whip and as a member of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
Sandlin will provide some partisan balance to NAB’s growing in-house lobbying team.
The department is headed by a Republican, Doug Wiley, and its most notable recent hires have been prominent Republican Hill staffers—Mildred Webber, an aide to House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (Missouri), and Kelly Cole, who was majority counsel for the House Commerce Committee under Chairman Joe Barton (Texas).
Sandlin “knows the members on Commerce and Judiciary, he knows the leadership, he knows the process and he’s well liked and well regarded,” said NAB President David Rehr.
“And on top of that he’s a very competitive person,” he said. “I am trying to get the whole organization to be a little more aggressive and I think he’ll fit right into that.”
NAB may make more additions to its government relations staff following the elections, Rehr said.