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National Lobbying Firm Establishes Md. Operation

Husch Blackwell Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm, is setting up a government relations practice in Maryland, and Sarah Peters, a veteran of the Hogan administration, is the firm’s first hire in the Free State.

Peters, who most recently worked as a lobbyist with the Annapolis firm Bellamy-Genn Group LLC, is starting her new gig on Thursday. Maryland is the fifth state in the firm’s government practice group, joining Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin.

Peters’ previous work in government includes serving as the legislative manager for the Maryland Transit Administration during Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s first term.

“Sarah brings a deep understanding of law and policy, and a proven track record of successfully navigating the
intricacies of legislation and government at large,” said Andy Blunt, chief operating officer for Husch Blackwell
Strategies. “Her skill set will be immediately beneficial to our team and the clients we serve.”

The firm has a long client list at the federal and state levels, many of whom already have Annapolis-based lobbyists, from Altria to Exelon to Facebook, so it isn’t clear who Peters will be representing at first. At Bellamy-Genn, her clients included the American Forest and Paper Association, Kaiser Permanente, and the Wine Institute.

“HBS has a very unique strategic vision, and the opportunity to join a team with HBS’ level of character and capabilities doesn’t come around every day,” Peters said.

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