Dan Mattoon is a veteran of the Washington political arena. For more than 25 years, including six years with the former lobbying firm PodestaMattoon, he has been a D.C. lobbyist, successfully representing many diverse clients and industries before Congress and the Executive Branch. For more than 35 years, he has provided political and strategic legislative counsel to many House and Senate Republicans, including former Speaker Dennis Hastert, House Republican Leader John Boehner, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, former NRCC Chairmen Tom Cole, Tom Davis, and Tom Reynolds, as well as Senators Richard Burr, Saxby Chambliss, Tom Coburn, John Cornyn, Mike Crapo, and Jim DeMint, among others. During the tumultuous 1999-2000 election cycle, he returned to Capitol Hill after a nearly fifteen year absence and was appointed Deputy Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Under his leadership, the Republicans maintained control of the House of Representatives for a fourth consecutive Congress for the first time since the 1920's. During his previous fifteen-year tenure as Vice President of Congressional Affairs at BellSouth Corporation, he was instrumental in helping to enact landmark communications legislation. Passage of the “Telecommunications Act of 1996” provided him with a unique insight into the workings of a major corporation, and his hands-on approach with Members of Congress and the Bush Administration has given him working knowledge of what it takes to get the job done in Washington. He has consistently been named one of Roll Call's political “Fabulous Fifty,” and one of The Hill's “Top Hired Guns.” He has also appeared on MSNBC and C-SPAN discussing current affairs and politics.