THE EFB TEAM
John Easton is a veteran legislative, media and political strategist, having spent his career leading congressional offices and political campaigns, and was Vice President at QGA Public Affairs prior to co-founding EFB. From 2011 to 2014, John served as chief of staff to Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), leading the development and execution of the senator’s legislative agenda and communications efforts. He also served as the senator’s principal political advisor. Easton also was the campaign manager of Sen. Gordon Smith’s successful 2002 re-election, which was hailed as “the best campaign of 2002” on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
From 2003 to 2008, Easton served as chief of staff to Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), where he oversaw the senator’s agenda on the Finance, Energy and Natural Resources and Commerce Committees. In 2009, Easton joined Van Heuvelen Strategies, a consulting firm that specializes in legislative advocacy and public affairs. There, he managed client advocacy efforts on health care, energy and tax issues. During the 2000 election cycle, Easton served as regional political director for the American Medical Association, helping to manage its political action committee as well as oversee independent expenditure campaigns. Easton also was communications director for the successful congressional campaign of Rep. Greg Ganske (R-Iowa), who defeated a 36-year incumbent congressman in 1994. He then managed media relations and communications strategy in Rep. Ganske’s congressional office.
John Feehery is a Partner in EFB Advocacy, a boutique lobbying and strategic advocacy firm located right next to historic Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. Previously he was President of Communications and Director of Government Affairs for Quinn Gillespie and Associates, Washington, D.C.’s top public affairs firm. He is also a frequent commentator on the political landscape, widely quoted around the country and often seen on such television programs as CNN’s The Situation Room, MSNBC’s Hardball, and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. He is also a columnist for The Hill, he blogs at The Feehery Theory, and you can hear or watch him and his EFB colleagues on The Feehery Theory Podcast.
Feehery has worked for almost three decades in a variety of influential positions both as a staffer for three prominent members of the United States House of Representatives Republican leadership and a legislative strategist in the private sector.
He has been called “indefatigable” by Norm Ornstein and “highly-regarded” by the Washington Post’s Al Kamen, and he was repeatedly named to Roll Call’s Fab Fifty List for when he served in Congress.
Feehery served as Executive Vice President for Global Government Relations and Global Public Relations for the Motion Picture Association of America. There, he helped the MPAA make significant progress on legislative issues that faced the industry such as tax policy, internet piracy, net neutrality, and decency standards. He testified twice before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on behalf of the MPAA.
Feehery managed the communications operation for Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert. Feehery was the longest-serving top spokesman to a Speaker of the House in the history of the House of Representatives
Before that stint, Feehery served from 1995 until 1998 as the Communications Director for Majority Whip Tom DeLay. He also served as the Whip office’s Chief Floor Assistant, during the historically notable “Contract with America”. He advised Members of Congress on how to vote, and helped the Whip Office count votes for the first eight months of the historic 104th Congress
Feehery started his career with House Minority Leader Robert Michel, where he served as a research analyst and speechwriter. His most notable achievement during his service in Michel’s office was his creation of the House Republican Theme Team. Under Feehery’s leadership, for the first time in history, House Republicans used one-minute speeches and Special orders in a coordinated fashion to promote their message, helping to poke holes in the Clinton Administration’s agenda and setting the state for the 1994 elections.
A double graduate from Marquette University, with both a BA and MA in history, Feehery was named the Young Alumni of the Year for Marquette’s School of Arts and Sciences in 2003. Feehery has run three marathons and has two holes-in-one. He married Kerry Fennelly Feehery in Killarney, Ireland in 2003, and they have one son, John Patrick Jr. (Jack) and one daughter, Molly Kathleen.
Adam Belmar is a veteran network television news producer, a former senior White House aide, highly creative media and political strategist, and acclaimed storyteller. As a strategic communications consultant for the last eight years, Adam has developed and executed effective media campaigns for clients in a wide range of issue areas, including: Defense Appropriations, Production Tax Credits, Tax Reform, Immigration Reform, NIH Funding, FCC Rulemaking, Political Fundraising, and Institutional Thought Leadership.
Adam grew up dreaming of being a TV News man and got his start with an internship on the Assignments Desk at WCVB TV in Boston, MA. After college, he did stints at FOX 25 News in Boston, Fox NewsEdge, and Tribune Broadcasting's Washington DC Bureau. For a hot minute in 2001 Adam did his turn as writer and producer of the legendary political talkshow, The McLaughlin Group. The attacks of September 11, 2011, found Adam a Segment Producer in the Washington D.C. Bureau of ABC News' Good Morning America. Adam was named GMA's Senior Washington Producer in 2003, and joined This Week with George Stephanopolous as the show’s Senior Producer in 2005. In 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Adam Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Communications for Production. During his time as White House Production Chief Adam oversaw production for all domestic and international presidential events, addresses, TV interviews, press conferences and summits. Before founding EFB Advocacy, Adam served as a Director in the Communications Practice at QGA Public Affairs where he worked closely with John Feehery and John Easton.
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