Two Capitols Consulting: Federal & State Government Strategies
With significant experience both on Capitol Hill and in the halls of Mr. Jefferson’s state capitol in Richmond, Two Capitols Consulting principals are ready to work with your company, trade association or non-profit to develop and execute successful government strategies.
The bipartisan team at Two Capitols Consulting is well versed in federal and state policy and has a successful track record in advising clients on how to effectively interpret, navigate and impact federal and state policy.
Whether your needs are focused on creating state and federal public policy agendas, drafting legislation, lobbying the Virginia General Assembly or Congress, navigating complex federal and state regulations, or staying abreast of state and federal political matters, Two Capitols Consulting provides companies of any size with strategic advice and strong representation at all levels of government.
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David Hallock has a proven record of success as a senior official within the federal and Virginia governments. With more than 20 years of experience working in the Virginia Governor’s office and General Assembly, the United States Senate, and the private sector, David possesses the skills to develop and execute effective government advocacy strategies at the state and federal levels.
Prior to launching Two Capitols Consulting, David served as Chief of Staff to United States Senator Mark Warner. David was responsible for formulating and implementing Senator Warner’s legislative agenda, developing policy ideas around relevant issues, and coordinating efforts with a variety of stakeholders throughout Virginia and nationally.
David served as the Transition Director for Virginia Lt. Governor Ralph Northam in 2013. In addition, David was the Transition Director for Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and assisted with setting up the Office for the first Democrat to hold the office in 20 years.
David also served as an advisor to Virginia Senator Tim Kaine during his gubernatorial and senate campaigns and assisted with debate preparations and policy.
In more than 15 years of experience with the Virginia General Assembly and state government, David has represented companies and trade associations on a variety of legislative and policy issues, including tax, trade, health care, financial services, telecommunications, budget, energy, and transportation. David is a veteran of many legislative battles, and he knows how to develop and implement successful offensive and defensive strategies for government affairs, negotiate complex legislative provisions to advance the interests of the client, and provide practical business solutions to solve problems.
A graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia School of Law, David has served on numerous boards and commissions in Virginia, including the Virginia Lottery Board, the Freedom of Information Act Advisory Council, the Longwood University Board of Visitors, the Richmond Forum Board of Directors, and The Cavalier Daily Alumni Association Board. David also is a proud graduate of the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Kate Baker is a talented and trusted government relations professional with a decade of experience at the Virginia General Assembly. Her government affairs expertise comes from her time at an influential industry trade association where she represented the interests of some of America’s largest corporations as well as independent, small businesses.
During her tenure, Kate has worked on a wide range of legislative and policy issues, including employer mandates, tax, budget, ABC, pharmacy, and environmental. Kate has an innate ability to analyze policy and develop the best strategy for a variety of issues.
Kate is a cum laude graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, as well as a cum laude graduate of North Carolina State University with a BA in English. After college graduation, she interned for the George W. Bush White House where she played an integral role in the Office of Public Liaison. During law school, she held a judicial internship for the Honorable Judge Jon Barnwell. Kate lives in the Hampton Roads area with her husband, John, and their two young children, Carter and Emery.
Ed Reed is an accomplished professional with over a decade of experience in state government, campaign management, and nonprofit leadership. Ed’s first experience with the Virginia General Assembly was as a legislative assistant in the House of Delegates. He later served as Chief of Staff to Senator Rosalyn R. Dance, a member of the Senate Commerce and Labor and Senate Finance Committees. As her Chief of Staff, he managed a robust and progressive legislative agenda, specializing in healthcare, higher education, and economic development.
Ed served as the political director on Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax’s 2017 campaign. Following the election, he served as the Transition Director, where he was instrumental in the setup of the office. Post transition, Ed was appointed to Deputy Chief of Staff for the Lieutenant Governor and subsequently appointed Chief of Staff. During his tenure as Chief of Staff, Ed served as the Lieutenant Governor’s liaison to the Governor’s Cabinet and was responsible for outreach to other legislative and judicial branch agencies, while advising the Lieutenant Governor on legislative strategy. Ed also has extensive experience advising local, state, and federal political campaigns across the Commonwealth.
In addition to his work in Virginia, Ed also served as a legislative liaison during the 2017 Georgia General Assembly session for a national government affairs firm. Most recently, Ed served as Program Director for Fair Count, Inc., a national non-profit founded by Stacey Abrams, based in Atlanta.
Ed received his Bachelor of Science in business management from Hampton University, where he was also named Model Student of the Year for his class. In 2016, he completed the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Minority Political Leadership Institute and was inducted into Hampton University’s inaugural Forty under 40 class. Ed is a native of Virginia’s Northern Neck and currently resides in Hampton Roads.
Randy is an experienced professional in state policy and politics having worked in multiple roles in and around the General Assembly. Randy began working in Virginia politics in the office of Delegate Rob Bell, and went on to work in the field for a national 501c3 organization and as a Legislative Assistant in the Office of Delegate Tag Greason who served as a Budget Conferee and Chairman of the House Education Innovation and General Government & Capital Outlay Subcommittees.
Prior to his college graduation, Randy interned at the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia and worked on local campaigns in Albemarle County. Randy then went on to work as a Legislative Assistant in the Office of Delegate Rob Bell and served as Delegate Bell’s Political Director during his run for Attorney General.
For more than three years, Randy worked alongside Delegate Greason helping advise on and direct policy efforts. This work included significant legislative initiatives in critical areas such as K-12 education, autism insurance coverage for children, and infrastructure funding.
Having worked extensively on the campaign and policy sides of local and state politics in Virginia, Randy has well-rounded experience in delivering results through both the legislative and political processes in the Commonwealth. Randy is a passionate advocate in the policy arena and enjoys helping others navigate through the complexities of the General Assembly.
Randy received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia where he majored in politics and minored in history. He also graduated from the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership’s PLP Program as part of the Class of 2019. He is an avid supporter of the Wahoos and spends much of his free time cheering on their teams and his beloved baseball team, the Atlanta Braves. Randy and his wife Caitlyn live in Richmond with their son Bennett and their two dogs, Chipper and Freddie.
Devon Cabot is a skilled legislative and policy professional with a decade of experience working for elected officials at the state and local level as well as on political campaigns in Northern Virginia. Most recently, Devon served as Chief of Staff to State Senator Jeremy McPike. At the time, he served on the committees of Rehabilitation and Social Services, General Laws and Technology, and Local Government, as well as the Secure Commonwealth Panel and the SOL Innovation Commission. Devon oversaw his legislative agenda, providing strategic advice as well as working with diverse interest groups to influence policy and pass legislation. Some of her policy interests include workforce and labor issues, human services, technology and innovation, healthcare, environment, and ABC reform. She has been with Two Capitols Consulting since the fall of 2018.
Devon received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and her Master’s of Public Policy from the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. In 2014, Devon was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Commonwealth’s Board of Optometry, where she continues to serve as the citizen/patient member. She is a 2015 graduate and past Board Member of Emerge Virginia, and a 2017 graduate of the Sorensen Institute’s Emerging Leaders Program.
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Devon founded a local chapter of Frontline Foods, leading a small group of volunteers who raised $50,000 to feed frontline workers with delicious meals from diverse, local restaurants in the City of Richmond. Devon currently resides in the Church Hill neighborhood with her black lab, Penny, but remains engaged in political campaigns and policy issues in Northern Virginia.
Christy Morton is a seasoned and trusted government and public relations professional who has worked for multiple Governors and engaged with the General Assembly on a variety of issues over the years. A 20-year veteran of Virginia government, Christy has extensive experience working in and around Virginia’s Capitol Square, including the Governor’s Office, General Assembly, State Agencies, and the private sector.
Prior to joining Two Capitols Consulting, Christy served as Senior Vice President, Policy and Strategic Partnerships, at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. Christy was responsible for managing four divisions at VEDP, including Economic Competitiveness, External Affairs, Real Estate Solutions, and Regional Talent Solutions and Business Outreach. Prior to this role, Christy served as VEDP’s Vice President of External Affairs, responsible for VEDP’s relationships with the General Assembly, the Governor’s Administration, Virginia’s congressional delegation, local and regional economic development organizations, trade associations, and other key stakeholders and partners to increase VEDP’s collaboration across the Commonwealth.
Christy previously served for four years as Executive Director of the Center for Rural Virginia, where she brought together local and state government officials to develop solutions for challenges facing rural communities as well as led initiatives to highlight innovative opportunities for economic development in rural Virginia.
Christy served as Deputy Director of External Affairs and Policy Development for Governor Bob McDonnell, building coalitions and managing stakeholder relations for the Governor’s initiatives and legislative agenda as well as for all cabinet offices. Before joining the Administration, she worked in communications and public relations for Virginia Natural Gas in Norfolk, Virginia, and in government affairs and public relations with Davis Consultants in Richmond.
A proud Cum Laude graduate of Christopher Newport University, Christy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in Economics. She also earned Graduate Certificates from Virginia Tech in Foundations of Political Analysis and Environmental Politics and Policy. Christy is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership and a graduate of the 2020 class of LEAD Virginia.
Christy has served on the Center for Innovative Technology’s Board of Directors (now the Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation) and the Governor’s Broadband Advisory Council. In 2019, Governor Ralph Northam appointed Christy to serve on the Christopher Newport University Board of Visitors, where she currently serves as Secretary.
Christy lives on the Middle Peninsula with her husband, Lee, and their two sons, Hunter and Christopher.
Assistant Vice President
Maddy Busse received her B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Government and Politics from Virginia Commonwealth University. During her time at the university, Maddy entered the political realm as a canvasser and phone banker first for Delegate Rich Anderson and then for Congressman Rob Wittman. Maddy then joined Delegate Lashrecse Aird’s 2019 reelection finance team, serving in various roles on her team for two years. Under Delegate Aird, Maddy rose from a Finance Intern to Senior Legislative Fellow, up to the Finance and Administrative Assistant throughout her 2021 reelection campaign.
Maddy was born in Petersburg, raised in Northern Virginia, and currently resides in Richmond where she has been for the past five years.