WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:
“Mike Tongour of the TCH Group and Chris Johnsen of the Jones Walker firm, together, have demonstrated great value to our industry in championing our issues on Capitol Hill. Their relationships, strategic abilities, and credibility with policy makers have been instrumental in helping us achieve our Federal agenda goals. Their work, in combination with our grass-roots efforts, resulted in an excellent outcome on an issue which was critical to our industry. We are very pleased!”
– Aaron Shulenburg
Executive Director, Society of Collision Repair Specialists
“We email them at least a dozen times during any week to talk about what’s going on in D.C., what should we be looking at, because they can in many ways identify trends or some things that are going to be funded that we might not even know of until it’s too late…..We saw the benefit of their contacts and their relationships to help us get [a major] grant. We feel like we’re getting value.”
– Rick Jerue
Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Charleston
“TCH Group offers a unique approach as public policy advisors. As strategic advisors, they tell clients what they need to hear, not just what they want to hear. Consequently, they play a critical role in designing the strategies to capitalize on opportunities in the public policy sphere that can help achieve key business objectives, or to protect against threats arising from within the Beltway. TCH Group’s key strength lies in constantly knowing what is within the realm of the possible and being able to translate that into strategies that senior management teams can understand and use to drive their business.”
– Richard Reavey
Vice President of Public Affairs, Cloud Peak Energy
“The TCH Group is a unique public policy operation that delivers. They are goal oriented, dedicated, and very tenacious. More importantly, they give you candid advice and always have the client’s interest in mind. You never have to wonder if they are on the job because they are in constant contact with the client and they give complete, and timely reports on all assignments without being prompted.”
– Former VP of Federal Government Relations
“Your ﬁrm was instrumental in formulating an incredibly successful legislative strategy and implementing it with precision and diligence. I was particularly impressed that your legislative contacts were both bipartisan and bicameral. This achievement was not only a priority for Corning Incorporated—but it was personally extremely important for me. Your ﬁrm demonstrated to me that you deliver!”
– Former Chairman & CEO
“The ﬁrm took the lead for our members and the state of South Carolina in efforts to obtain a better return on contributions to the Highway Trust Fund. Their tenacity, attention to detail and responsiveness were responsible for South Carolina receiving the nation’s highest increase in return rate. We could not have asked for better representation nor greater success.”
– Former VP of Governmental Relations
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
“I want to express my appreciation for your excellent work on [the company’s] behalf— your insight, your sage advice and the consistently positive results you were able to achieve…”
– Vice President and Associate General Counsel
El Paso Corporation
IN THE PRESS:
“Jones Walker Inks Alliance With DC Lobbying Firm TCH Group”
– National Law Journal, June 25, 2019 (excerpted)
“We believe that the TCH Group has deep experience in a lot of important areas where we don’t have the same depth, and they are particularly strong in South Carolina and very close to the South Carolina delegation,” Johnsen said.
TCH is led by ex-congressional staffers Michael Tongour and Brad Holsclaw, who each have strong ties with congressmen from the southeast. Former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson, R-Wyoming, was a named partner at an earlier iteration of TCH, and Tongour was a top aide to Simpson in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
“We were attracted to [Jones Walker] for a variety of reasons, including its strong presence in southern states, its well-deserved reputation for integrity, and for the value it has provided its clients for over eighty years,” Tongour said in a statement.
The [Jones Walker] firm opened a D.C. office on Capitol Hill in 1990. Nine years later it entered into a strategic alliance with The Livingston Group, a lobbying firm founded by former U.S. Congressman Bob Livingston, R-Louisiana.
Jones Walker said in a statement it is maintaining its alliance with The Livingston Group and plans to look for opportunities for all three firms to work together. Johnsen said Jones
Jones Walker LLP and the TCH Group, LLC Announce Strategic Alliance
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 24, 2019 – Jones Walker LLP announced today that the national law firm has entered into a strategic alliance agreement with a Washington, D.C. based government relations firm, TCH Group, LLC. The agreement contemplates that both the TCH Group and Jones Walker LLP will continue as separate entities and both firms will also pursue opportunities to provide enhanced capabilities to new and existing clients.
In addition to this new strategic alliance with the TCH Group, Jones Walker will continue its longstanding strategic alliance with The Livingston Group. All three firms look forward to identifying strategic opportunities for collaboration. Read More >
“TCH Group, LLC selected nine years in a row for the 2017 Best of Washington Awards”
May 2017 – TCH Group, LLC has been selected nine years in a row for the 2017 Best of Washington Awards for Federal Government Relations Consulting Firm and qualifies for the 2017 Washington Business Hall of Fame.
Bloomberg Government: “TCH Group, LLC is one of the top 60 performing lobbying shops”
February 2017 – Bloomberg Government did an analysis of the nearly 1800 registered Federal lobbying firms and identified TCH Group, LLC as one of the top 60 performing lobbying shops in the city based on a variety of criteria including client retention rates.
2017 Charleston Post and Courier Article References “Return on Investment” for TCH Group Services
February 2017 – The city of Charleston has spent more than $1 million on Washington, D.C., lobbyists since 2004, an annual $80,000 expense that Mayor John Tecklenburg continued when he took office last year. In his first budget City Council approved for 2017, Tecklenburg decided to keep paying the two firms that the city has contracted for at least a decade, TCH Group and Clyburn Consulting. Read More >