The TCH Group team of executives and affiliated consultants offer extensive public policy and legislative experience with integrity and with effectiveness.

The TCH Group is committed to providing its clients with excellent service and responsiveness from experienced professionals.

Our team of full-time executives:

Michael Tongour

For ten years in the Senate, Mike Tongour served as chief of staff to the Senate GOP Whip (former Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming), as Committee Counsel to what is now the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee, and as Legislative Director for two US Senators (representing South Carolina and Wyoming).  His legislative skills were acknowledged in the leading Congressional publication, Roll Call, where he was regularly included in their list of the Fabulous Fifty – Congressional Staffers with Real Power. When he moved to the private sector, Legal Times, a DC based journal on law and lobbying, listed him as one of the top 10 most sought-after staffers to leave the Hill.

Mike is the founder and President of the TCH Group, a boutique firm which  has been retained by a variety of Fortune 500 companies,  associations, municipalities, and non-profits  to formulate achievable, bipartisan, legislative strategies and to help their clients effectively implement those strategies. For nearly  twenty five years, the firm has compiled a successful record in a variety of sectors particularly in the tax, energy, environmental, appropriations, civil/criminal justice,  and health policy areas.

In the Senate, Tongour supervised the daily operations of Senate GOP Whip’s office, including assisting in the vote counting duties of the Whip, and helping to coordinate and implement Senate floor strategy.   He worked closely with all GOP Senators and their staff, and in the process developed long term relationships.  He is a member and a past President of RAMS, a 300+ member organization comprised of present and former GOP Staff Directors. He is well known for his expertise in the Federal legislative process and strategy and has been a guest lecturer at the Brookings Institution, American University, George Washington University, Georgetown University Law School, the International Republican Institute, and the Close-Up Foundation. He was  recognized as the University of South Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumnus. He serves on the Board of the Lab School of Washington (a school for students with learning differences). He is a past Senior Warden and Vestry member at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. He is a volunteer in his sons’ Boy Scout troop and also volunteers with the TCH Group- sponsored Northwest Little League Challengers baseball program, for athletes with physical and mental challenges.

Mr. Tongour is a native South Carolinian. 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 (18), Alec (16), and Stella Louise (14).

Brad Holsclaw

Brad Holsclaw is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, where his mother, Bobbie, has served as one of the top county elected officials (County Clerk for Jefferson County) for over twenty years.   After attending the University of Louisville, Brad came to DC and worked for eleven years for  three Senate Republican leaders as a Senior Legislative Advisor.  His duties included informing Senators and staff on matters concerning parliamentary procedure, the GOP Leader’s goals and strategy for pending legislation and amendments, and the Senate floor schedule. In that role, he established longtime relationships with Senators of both parties, Senate Committee staff directors, and leadership and floor staff.

Brad, for several years,  also volunteered to assist with logistics  for now Finance Chairman Grassley’s  August Ambassadors’  visits to the American  “heartland”,  intended to promote export and international trade opportunities for agriculture, manufacturing and services produced in Iowa.   On Brad’s departure from the Senate, Chairman Grassley issued a statement which thanked Brad for his loyal service  to the Senate and noted that “Holsclaw understands both the intricacies and the big picture of the legislative process.”

On leaving the Senate, Brad brought his significant legislative skills and the  credibility he continued to enjoy on the Hill to the TCH Group, where he has now been a Partner for over twenty years .  He is involved in a variety of civic and charitable activities including serving as Vice President of his home owners association’s Board of Directors. He and his wife Shannon have two daughters, Sydney and Barbara Catherine.

Our affiliated consultants:

Keith Heard

Contact:
kheard@tchgroup.com

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TCH Group is pleased that long-time friend, Keith Heard, who has had a long distinguished career as a key Senate staffer, and in the private sector, in early 2017, returned to the private sector after most recently serving a two year stint as Chief of Staff to Senate Appropriations Chair, Thad Cochran (R-Miss). Keith wears “two hats”. He has renewed his affiliation with our firm as a senior policy consultant, and has also re-opened his own firm, Key Impact Strategies.

Doug Wiley

Doug Wiley affiliated with our firm in May 2015. Prior to his work in the private sector, he was a policy advisor at the Department of Commerce and then to the Republican Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (which has jurisdiction over telecommunications, health care, environment and energy policy). He left the US House of Representatives to serve as head of government relations for the Telecommunications Industry Association, a 500 member high tech manufacturing association. He also served as a government relations executive for other associations and firms including the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) . At NAB, he was the Executive Vice President for Government Relations where he led Congressional and federal policy development and advocacy, including managing contact with federal policymakers on Capitol Hill, and the Executive Branch , including the FCC.

In 2010, he joined the DC law firm of Wiley Rein LLP as a non-lawyer, Senior Public Policy Advisor. There he represented a variety of clients including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, broadcasters, telecommunications and consumer electronics firms, health care and pharmaceutical companies, and manufacturers.

On joining the firm, Managing Partner Mike Tongour said – “Doug is a real pro, and a great advocate for his clients. He is well liked and has credibility with both Democratic and Republican policy makers. With Doug joining us, our firm will have more depth, our clients will benefit, and it will give him the opportunity to be involved in the management and direction of a smaller public policy firm.”

Doug coaches a variety of youth sports, is a parent/leader at the Lab School of Washington and past Annual Fund Chair. He has an MBA in International Finance and Management from The George Washington University School of Business. He and his wife, Diane, have three children and live in Arlington, Virginia.