WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 29, 2019 – Buchanan welcomes former, five-term congressman, Tom Rooney as principal to its federal government and Florida state government relations practices. Rooney, who represented Florida’s 17th district since 2008, retired in 2018. During his tenure in Congress, Rooney served on the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittees on Agriculture, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and State and Foreign Operations and as a deputy majority whip. He was also a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and served as chairman of the Intelligence Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Intelligence Subcommittee on the NSA and Cybersecurity. Rooney has long been a champion of the military, Florida’s agriculture and counts many victories on behalf of citrus growers and livestock farmers among others.
“Congressman Rooney has served his country in the military and in Congress for over 14 years. We are excited and extremely fortunate to add his experiences and knowledge in congressional and military issues to Buchanan’s government relations and public policy practice,” said Robert L. Shuster, shareholder and co-chair of Buchanan’s State and Federal Government Relations group. “We know our clients will greatly benefit from Tom’s deep knowledge and insight into Florida and Washington, D.C.”
“Joining Buchanan feels like coming home. I am excited about this next chapter of my career and the opportunity to still be of service to my community and continue to work on behalf of industries and causes close to my heart and of vital importance to Florida and the U.S. as a whole,” added Rooney.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Rooney worked as an assistant attorney general before becoming CEO of The Children’s Place at Home Safe, a home for abused and neglected children. Rooney was later appointed by former Governor Bush to the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County Board of Directors.
Rooney received his B.A. from Washington and Jefferson College, his M.A. from University of Florida and his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. He served more than four years in the United States Army JAG Corps, during which time he served as special assistant U.S. attorney in Fort Hood, Texas, prosecuting all civilian crimes on post. He taught constitutional and criminal law at the United States Military Academy at West Point and was recently appointed as a senior fellow for The LeMieux Center for Public Policy at Palm Beach Atlantic University.