Since his service as a Chief Counsel, Committee Counsel, and Legislative Director in the U.S. Senate, Mike Tongour has been retained for his expertise in the Federal legislative process by a variety of Fortune 500 companies, leading American associations, municipalities, and non-profit groups to help his clients formulate achievable, bipartisan, legislative strategies and to help them successfully implement those strategies. He founded the firm in 1996 and is the Managing Partner. Over the last 20 years, he has compiled a successful record representing clients in a variety of areas and sectors including energy and environmental policy, health care, telecommunications, tax, appropriations, education policy, transportation, national security, and Federal legal policy.
His career on Capitol Hill began when he served as Counsel to what is now the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor, Pensions) Committee. He then served as Chief Counsel/Staff Director to the Senate Republican Whip, Alan K. Simpson (R-Wy), and was also Legislative Director to Simpson’s Wyoming Senate office. ( Simpson later served as the co-chair of the President’s Deficit Reduction Commission, also known as “Simpson-Bowles”.) In the Senate, he supervised the daily operations of Simpson’s leadership office. His responsibilities included providing legislative information to Senators and their staff members, assisting in the traditional vote counting duties of the Whip, and helping coordinate and implement Senate floor strategy.
Mr. Tongour’s legislative skills were acknowledged in the leading Congressional newspaper, Roll Call, where he was frequently included in their list of the Fabulous Fifty - Congressional Staffers With Real Power. When he moved to the private sector, Legal Times, the Washington, D.C. based journal on law and lobbying, listed him as one of the top 10 most sought after staffers to leave the Hill. Mr. Tongour is a current member and a past President of RAMS, a 300 member organization comprised of present and former GOP Staff Directors. He has been a guest lecturer on the Federal legislative process at the Brookings Institution, American University, George Washington University, Georgetown University Law School, the University of Maryland, the International Republican Institute, and the Close Up Foundation. In 2013, Mike was selected as the recipient of the University of South Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award at the annual Recognition of Excellence ceremony. He serves on the University of South Carolina College of Arts and Sciences National Advisory Board, and is on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Lab School of Washington. He is a past Senior Warden and Vestry member at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.
Mr. Tongour is a native of Barnwell, South Carolina. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of South Carolina where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude. He also earned his law degree there, and was selected for membership in the legal honorary societies: Order of the Coif and the Order of the Wig and Robe. He and his wife, Lalie, have three children, Jack (15), Alec (13), and Stella Louise (11).