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

Since his service as a Chief Counsel in the Senate GOP Leadership, Committee Counsel, and Legislative Director for two US Senators, Mike Tongour has been retained 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 more than 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), of “Simpson-Bowles” fame, and was also Legislative Director to Simpson’s Wyoming Senate office. In the Senate, he supervised the daily operations of Senate GOP Whip’s office, included assisting in the traditional vote counting duties of the Whip, and helping coordinate and implement Senate floor strategy. He was appointed to the President’s Commission on the Federal Appointment Process by President Bush.

Mr. Tongour’s legislative skills were acknowledged in the leading Congressional publication, 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. 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 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 (17), Alec (15), and Stella Louise (13).

Brad Holsclaw

For eleven years, Brad served as Senior Legislative Advisor on the Senate Republican Leader’s floor staff. During his tenure in the Senate, Brad informed Senators and staff on matters ranging from parliamentary procedure, the Leader’s goals and strategy for pending legislation, and the Senate floor schedule. Brad also established longtime working relationships with Committee Staff Directors, leadership and floor staff, and Members of both parties.

Senator Chuck Grassley, currently the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said: ”Holsclaw understands both the intricacies and the big picture of the legislative process.”

Mr. Holsclaw is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He is involved in a variety of civic and charitable activities including serving as Vice President of his homeowners 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.

Dennis Fitzgibbons

(Image credit: Richard A. Bloom, National Journal)

Contact:
dennis@tchgroup.com

Dennis Fitzgibbons , Senior Policy Consultant, became affiliated with the firm in June 2013. He served for sixteen years as the Democratic Chief of Staff or Deputy Chief of Staff/Communications Director to the House Energy and Commerce Committee under the leadership of the venerable John Dingell (D-Michigan). In a National Journal article announcing his affiliation with the TCH Group, the publication noted that Fitzgibbons “served on the front lines” for many of the Committee’s accomplishments for over fifteen years. The powerful Committee has policy jurisdiction over a wide spectrum of issues including energy, environment, health, telecommunications, manufacturing, hazardous materials, agriculture/life sciences, and consumer product safety.

For six years, between stints on the Committee, Fitzgibbons was Director of Public Policy at Daimler Chrysler. Prior to his Committee service, he was a speechwriter and public affairs official with the AFL-CIO. After graduating from Harvard University, Dennis served as a speechwriter at the White House under President Carter, an official with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and worked on the presidential campaign of former Senator John Glenn (D-OH).

The firm’s Managing Partner, Mike Tongour, said when Fitzgibbons became affiliated with the firm: “Most of the issues our firm’s clients are primarily interested in are within the policy jurisdiction of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Dennis’s experience and expertise are invaluable. He enjoys a well-deserved reputation as an effective, bipartisan legislative strategist, communicator, and policy leader.”

Linda Jordan Willard

Linda Willard is Senior Policy Advisor to the firm. Her most recent Hill experience was as Counsel for five years to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. During her tenure, she played a major role in drafting and advancing transportation bills, water resource development legislation, clean water legislation, nuclear safety legislation, and other major bills within the Committee’s jurisdiction. She also had nominations, public buildings, and emergency management in her portfolio. On leaving the Senate, Ms. Willard joined the law firm of Verner, Liipfert , where she represented the interests of the federal power marketing customers before Congress and federal agencies. She also monitored and analyzed federal energy and environmental legislative and regulatory (DOE, EPA and FERC) developments of interest to the firm’s major clients. Ms. Willard continued this work on behalf of clients of the Boston-based law firm Sullivan and Worcester (S&W) after S&W acquired the Energy Practice of Verner,Liipfert.

A magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, Ms. Willard holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. She serves on the Board of the Congressional Hockey Challenge, the Georgetown University Law Center Strategic Planning Council, and the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Campaign Committee. Linda and her husband Stephen live in Chevy Chase, Maryland with their three children.