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Ladenburgs re-emerge: Power couple starts lobbying firm

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on Feb. 5, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
February 5, 2010 12:16 pm

This will be of big interest to Pierce County politics watchers. Former County Executive John Ladenburg and his wife, former Tacoma City Councilwoman Connie Ladenburg are setting up shop as a downtown government affairs firm offering “direct lobbying, grassroots lobbying and non-profit advocacy.” Staying with the family theme, they will be affiliated with their sons’ law firm. (No they are not calling it “Ladenburg, Ladenburg, Ladenburg and Ladenburg,” it’s Ladenburg Law: Governmental Affairs.)

The power couple has been out of power after being term-limited from their posts. After an unsuccessful run for state attorney general, speculation was that John might be up for a Obama Administration regional appointment and that Connie might be appointed to a two-year vacancy on the City Council. Most recently, John emerged as COO of the Cascadia mega-development. He’ll continue in that role, according to the release below.

For Immediate Release: February 3, 2010
Contact: John Ladenburg (253) 241-1311

Ladenburgs Open Governmental Affairs Firm
Firm will be called Ladenburg Law: Governmental Affairs and offer services in direct lobbying, grassroots lobbying and non-profit advocacy

Tacoma—Connie Ladenburg, former two-term Tacoma City Councilmember along with her husband John Ladenburg, former 14 year prosecutor and 8 year Executive of Pierce County are opening a governmental affairs firm strategically affiliated with their sons’ (Erik Ladenburg and John Ladenburg Jr.) law firm, Ladenburg Law, located in downtown Tacoma. “After giving 35 years of public service to Tacoma and to Pierce County we are offering our expertise to profit and non-profit organizations and causes that we believe in,” stated John Ladenburg.

David Sawyer, one of President Obama’s first 25 staffers in the historic Iowa Caucus and former campaign manager for John Ladenburg for Attorney General will also be joining the firm. David’s organizational, grassroots, and political skills will help clients navigate all levels of government issues.

John Ladenburg will serve as president of the company. Connie Ladenburg and David Sawyer will serve as vice-presidents.

Ladenburg Law: Governmental Affairs (LLGA) provides professional consulting services to clients and their organizations. LLGA has special knowledge and understanding of the City of Tacoma, Pierce County, and the small cities and towns within Pierce County. The staff has worked for and with these governments for over 35 years, giving them the knowledge and expertise to maneuver within the systems. In addition to a combined 35 years in elected offices, John and Connie Ladenburg have been in leadership positions throughout Puget Sound, giving them unique contacts in King, Snohomish, Kitsap and Thurston counties.

John and Connie both served on the Puget Sound Regional Council of Governments, with John serving as President for two terms. John also served as Chair of Sound Transit for four years and as Chair of Pierce Transit and the R.A.M.P coalition, giving the firm unique insight into transportation issues. John was a founding member of the Prosperity Partnership and Chair of the Puget Sound Economic Development Board in addition to serving on the Tacoma Pierce County Economic Board, providing leadership in business development and business to government concerns. Connie has served on many boards and committees with a focus on public safety, human services and the environment.

LLGA’s consultants also have experience in grass roots efforts, coalition building, campaign work, and advocacy – skills needed to advance the messages of clients. LLGA works at the local and state level, influencing public policy, in order to promote and advocate on behalf of their clients.

John Ladenburg will continue to work full time for Cascadia LLC, the Northwest’s sustainable eco-city, as Chief Operating Officer and will serve as president of Ladenburg Law: Governmental Affairs simultaneously.

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