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Veteran Lobbyist Pat Roddy to Retire

Patrick H. Roddy, a veteran State House lobbyist and political professional who has been with the firm Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC since 2003, plans to retire at the end of next week.

Roddy joined the firm’s Government Relations Division as a partner, representing an array of interests, after more than 20 years working for Baltimore County government, as its director of legislative affairs liaison and as an assistant county attorney.

Patrick H. Roddy

Prior to working for Baltimore County, Roddy was part of Gov. William Donald Schaefer’s legislative staff, and also served as chief of staff to then-Senate President Melvin A. “Mickey” Steinberg (D-Baltimore County).

It was during his time with Schaefer that Roddy first worked with Alan M. Rifkin, who was then Schaefer’s chief legislative officer and is now RWL’s managing partner.

“I knew immediately that Pat was an extraordinary lawyer and public policy expert,” Rifkin recalled. “I recognized then that if I ever had the chance to work with him again I would.  Fortunately, a few years later Pat agreed to join the firm. The rest is good history.”

Michael V. Johansen, the firm’s administrative partner, called Roddy “one of the hardest working and most passionate lobbyists in Annapolis, a consummate Team Player, and always willing to help others.”

During his last legislative session, Roddy is registered to represent 40 clients, including the Baltimore Symphony, Facebook, FedEx, the Maryland Jockey Club, Pepco and Sheppard Pratt Health Systems.

“Deciding to accept an offer to work at RWL was one of the best decisions of my life,” Roddy said. “…I was able work on interesting and challenging matters and appreciate the opportunities given to me. It was the highlight of my professional career as an attorney.”

Roddy said he and his wife, Valerie, a former Baltimore County school board member, plan to travel, read, ride their bikes and spend more time with their family.

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