THE EFB TEAM
John Easton is a partner at EFB Advocacy. He is a veteran legislative, media, and political strategist, having spent his career leading advocacy efforts, congressional offices, and political campaigns. For EFB clients, Easton brings this deep experience, and strong relationships on both sides of the aisle, to advocate before Congress and federal agencies on a range of issues, including telecommunications, appropriations, health care, energy, and tax.
In the U.S. Senate, Easton led the offices for two high-profile Senators, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Gordon Smith of Oregon, and served on the board of the bipartisan chiefs of staff group. From 2011 to 2014, he served as Sen. Ayotte’s chief of staff, leading the development and execution of the senator’s legislative agenda and communications efforts – advising her as a member of the Armed Services, Commerce, and Homeland Security Committees. From 2002 to 2008, Easton was chief of staff to Sen. Smith and oversaw his priorities on the Finance, Energy and Natural Resources, and Commerce Committees. He also served as campaign manager for Sen. Smith’s successful re-election, which was hailed as “thebest campaign of 2002” on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
Prior to the Senate, Easton served as a staff member in the U.S. House, working as communications director for Iowa Congressman Greg Ganske. He also helped lead Ganske’s groundbreaking campaign for Congress in 1994.
During the 2000 election cycle, Easton was the regional political director for the American Medical Association, helping to manage its political action committee as well as oversee independent expenditure campaigns.
Easton also has held advocacy positions at DC lobbying firms Van Heuvelen Strategies, where he lobbied on health care, energy and tax issues, and as vice president at QGA Public Affairs, with a similar issue focus.
Easton was raised in Portland and majored in Journalism at the University of Oregon,where he is currently a member of the alumni board of directors. He resides in Washington, DC, with his wife and three children.
John Feehery is a Partner at EFB Advocacy, a boutique lobbying firm. He served in the House Republican Leadership for 15 years (from 1989 to 2005) and for the last 15 years, he has been a trusted advisor to CEOs, trade associations, corporations, and small businesses on how to effectively navigate the Washington swamp. When he was in Congress, he was consistently named one of the most powerful staff Members by Roll Call, and now that he is in the private sector, he has been consistently ranked as one of the top lobbyists by The Hill.
He is a frequent commentator on the political landscape, widely quoted around the country and often seen on such television programs as MSNBC’s Hardball, and Real Time with Bill Maher. He is also a columnist for The Hill and his blog and podcast, The Feehery Theory, is widely seen, heard, and read on Capitol Hill and beyond. He published his first children’s book, The Reluctant Ballerina, last year.
Feehery managed the communications operation for Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert for six and a half years. Before that stint, Feehery served as the Communications Director for Majority Whip Tom DeLay for three years.Feehery started his career with House Minority Leader Robert Michel, where he served as a research analyst and speechwriter.
When he left the Hill, Feehery went to the Motion Picture Association of America, where he served as Executive Vice President for Government and Public Affairs. He later worked at Quinn Gillespie Public Affairs, where he served as President of the Communications Practice.
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 was recently appointed by the Trump Administration to be the alternate observer to the International Fund for Ireland. He married Kerry Fennelly Feehery in Killarney, Ireland in 2003, and they have one son, Jack, and one daughter, Molly Kathleen.