KAREN L. THURMAN
Congresswoman Karen L. Thurman is a partner of TG&C Group. From 1993-2003, U.S. Rep. Karen Thurman represented Florida’s 5th Congressional District. At that time, Congresswoman Thurman was only the sixth woman to serve on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. During her time in Congress, Congresswoman Thurman worked tirelessly on issues related to health care, trade, taxes and the economy. Her knowledge and demonstrated ability to work productively with members of both parties proved to be extremely valuable.
As a Member of the Health Subcommittee on Ways and Means, she became a leader in national health care policy. She also worked tirelessly on issues related to energy, taxes, trade, agriculture and veterans’ affairs.
Before her appointment to Ways and Means in 1996, Congresswoman Thurman served on both the House Agriculture Committee and the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight. On the Government Reform and Oversight Committee, Thurman was the ranking Member on the Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs, and Criminal Justice.
In 1998, Congresswoman Thurman authored legislation, which became law in an amended form in 2000, to authorize funds for alternative water and water reuse projects. The law envisioned using rainfall runoff, minor flood waters, etc. for industrial, agricultural, or recreational water uses, thereby reducing pressure to use valuable drinking water for these economic activities. In 2002 the American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) awarded Congresswoman Thurman its “Water Quality Person of the Year Award”, given in recognition of contribution by an individual in government, academia, research or related field to water supply improvement.
Prior to her election to Congress, Congresswoman Thurman served 10 years in the Florida Senate. She also served on the Dunnellon City Council and as mayor of Dunnellon, FL.
J. ERIC GOULD
J. Eric Gould is a partner of TG&C Group and has combined a career of politics, public policy and the law. Mr. Gould has extensive experience working with clients in the private sector and focuses his practice area on federal government affairs, regulatory affairs, and strategic planning for businesses and organizations.
Since 2001, Mr. Gould has represented Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, multi-national corporations and municipalities in their dealings with the federal government. He has worked on a wide variety of issues including health care, homeland security, appropriations, immigration, trade, education and foreign affairs.
Mr. Gould served at the White House as Associate Director for Domestic Policy in the Clinton Administration, where he developed and managed a broad portfolio of domestic policy affairs. He also represented the drug store industry as Director of Federal Affairs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) where he focused on healthcare, tax policy, e-commerce, the FDA and DEA.
He also worked on Capitol Hill for Ways and Means Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI) and Rep. Karen Thurman (D-FL), developing legislative and political strategies and policy initiatives in the areas of healthcare, social programs, budget, agriculture, and entitlement issues.
Mr. Gould earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law, where he was the Senior Editor of the Florida Journal of International Law.
David Crane is a partner of TG&C Group. He is a legislative and public policy specialist with extensive experience in the United States Congress, and has a wealth of political, legislative, government relations and coalition experience.
Founder of Quadripoint, Mr. Crane has also served in senior positions at The Washington Group and Global USA, Inc, where he established a reputation for achieving success on a broad range of high profile and complex legislative, public policy and appropriations issues in the policy areas of education, financial services, tort reform, defense, homeland security, transportation, telecommunications, energy, tax and trade.
In public service, Mr. Crane worked in the Senate as Senior Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, where he managed the Leader’s activities with the Senate and House Appropriations Committees, coordinated the Leader’s activities and developed and implemented floor strategies on key domestic issues such as appropriations, homeland security, national security, technology, transportation, education, energy, environment, homeland security and financial services.
Prior to joining the Majority Leader’s staff, Mr. Crane worked on the professional staff of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In this capacity, he served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Chairman of the Committee, Senator John McCain. Key responsibilities ranged from Internet, information security, telecommunications, public health and welfare, oversight of Olympic and college athletics as well as work on a broad range of social and domestic policy issues. Mr. Crane also served as an advisor to the Senator’s 2000 Presidential campaign, and served in a formal position as Senior Domestic Policy Advisor for Senator McCain’s 2008 Presidential Campaign.
ROBERT F. DOBEK
Robert F. Dobek spent more than three decades on Capitol Hill in legislative policy positions.
As Legislative Director and Tax Counsel for Rep. Karen Thurman, Bob handled everything from agriculture through energy & environment to tax policy. Serving briefly as a Senior Policy Analyst for Sen. Bob Graham, Bob’s portfolio included agriculture and natural resources issues. His final Capitol Hill position was Legislative Director for Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, where he focused on financial services issues.
During his years on Capitol Hill, Bob gained valuable knowledge of the legislative process and the workings of various congressional committees. As a legislative director for three Members, he helped develop and coordinated their legislative agendas, often working on the Member’s key legislative proposal. At one time or another during his career, Bob worked or supervised efforts on nearly every policy issue. His attention to detail was a key component of all his work.
Having been on the receiving end of numerous lobbying campaigns, Bob knows what Hill staff members need and what strategies work best to achieve the desired results. He enjoys working as part of a team, especially the challenge of working on and helping coordinate disparate interests to achieve a common goal. Finally, he always has prided himself in his ability to grasp new issues quickly.
Bob received his BA in History from Yale University and his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.