March 19, 2013

Former Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack Joins FaegreBD Consulting

Mary Bono Mack, a former U.S. congresswoman from California's 45th District who held positions on influential committees overseeing core sectors of the U.S. economy, has joined FaegreBD Consulting as a senior vice president in Washington, D.C. She will focus her government advocacy and consulting practice on legislative, regulatory and policy matters related to the entertainment, media and information technology sectors.

Bono Mack's addition to FaegreBD Consulting adds significant capabilities to the firm on technology, media, entertainment and health policy issues. Additionally, her deep understanding of energy policy complements a sophisticated energy practice spanning various U.S. markets including Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, Indianapolis and Denver. Bono Mack will also use her firsthand media relations experience to advise clients on media and strategic communications matters.

"I'm excited to build on the groundwork already in place with FaegreBD Consulting's national practices," said Bono Mack. "In looking toward the next phase of my career, it was important to me to join an organization with international reach and tremendous growth potential, where I could provide value and leadership in continuing to shape public policies that impact some of our most dynamic economic sectors. FaegreBD Consulting is a great fit."

Bono Mack served as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee during her time in the U.S. House, including serving as chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade and as a member of the Energy and Telecommunications subcommittees. In addition, Bono Mack served on the House Judiciary and Armed Services committees.

Her congressional experience and responsibilities also covered issues on intellectual property rights, telecommunications and privacy, including extensive work with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on regulatory issues. In her role with FaegreBD Consulting, Bono Mack will continue her focus on the telecommunications industry by working with clients to develop thoughtful policies that grow the Internet economy and maximize broadband networks throughout the U.S.

"FaegreBD Consulting professionals have deep respect for Mary's effectiveness and commitment as a senior member of Congress," said FaegreBD Consulting Chair Dave Zook. "We are confident that she will bring the same intensity to serving clients that need sound legislative and regulatory actions in a highly competitive economy. Mary will be a great resource as well for our 750 consulting and Faegre Baker Daniels legal professionals worldwide who need to understand where Washington is headed on key issues."

As a congresswoman, Bono Mack was widely recognized as a national leader on privacy issues and a champion of Internet innovation. Additionally, as the late Sonny Bono's wife and the administrator of his collection, Bono Mack will focus on the protection of artists' intellectual property rights as an important aspect of her entertainment practice with FaegreBD Consulting.

Bono Mack served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1998-2013 and is part of a family committed to public service. Her husband, Connie Mack IV, was a U.S. representative from Florida's 14th District from 2005-12. Her father-in-law, Connie Mack III, is a retired U.S. senator, also from Florida.

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