Former Congressman Gresham Barrett Joins Nelson Mullins

January 4, 2012

GREENVILLE, SC – January 4, 2012 – Former Congressman Gresham Barrett has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Government Relations Group and will be based in the Firm’s Washington, DC, and Greenville, SC, offices. He joins as a senior policy advisor.

Congressman Barrett served in the U.S. House of Representatives representing South Carolina’s 3rd District from January 2003 to January 2011. Before that he served in the S.C. House of Representatives from the 1st District from 1996-2002.

We welcome Gresham to Nelson Mullins and look forward to the contributions he will bring to the government relations group, said Managing Partner Jim Lehman. Gresham served on key committees and subcommittees in Washington and has the knowledge and experience that will certainly be a benefit to our clients.

Congressman Barrett joins the Firm’s Government Relations Group that also includes former congressmen Ron Klink, who represented the 4th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, and Alan Mollohan, who represented West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District. The Firm also is home to Dick Riley, former S.C. Governor and former U.S. Secretary of Education; David Wilkins, former ambassador to Canada; and Phil Lader, a former ambassador to the Court of St. James’s.

Gresham Barrett was a joy to work with in the South Carolina General Assembly, and I am looking forward to working with him here at Nelson Mullins. Gresham brings with him a wealth of federal and state legislative experience, a tireless work ethic, and a sunny optimism that is sure to serve well both his colleagues and his clients, Ambassador David Wilkins said.

Nelson Mullins’ government relations practice represents clients before federal, state, and local legislative, regulatory and administrative agencies, including extensive lobbying practices in Washington, Atlanta, Boston, Columbia, and Raleigh.

Congressman Barrett served on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services and two of its subcommittees. He also served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and three of its subcommittees, the Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.

A native of Westminster, SC, Congressman  Barrett earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Citadel in 1983. He served in the U.S. Army from 1983-1987 and attained the rank of captain in the field artillery. He is a businessman who formerly ran the family’s business, Barrett’s Furniture Store.

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