WASHINGTON, D.C. — Prime Policy Group has announced that former eleven-term Congressman John S. Tanner (D-TN), will join the firm as Vice Chairman on February 1, 2011. Tanner, known and respected for his leadership as a founder of the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition, served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Ways and Means Committee, where he chaired the Trade Subcommittee. He also served as President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly from 2008-2010.
Before his retirement from Congress, Tanner served the 8th congressional district of Tennessee for twenty-two years strongly advocating for a fiscally conservative agenda, specifically directed at balancing the budget and decreasing the nation’s debt burden.
"Strong bipartisan leadership has been a founding principle for our firm. As a fiscal conservative, John is respected by both Democrats and Republicans. His combination of policy and international expertise will be a huge asset to our clients and make him an excellent addition to our professional team,” said Prime Policy Group Chairman Charlie Black.
When asked about his decision to join Prime, Tanner commented, “Prime Policy Group is one of Washington’s premier government and public affairs firms. They have a long history of valuing a bipartisan approach and their reputation for integrity and client service is unmatched. I’m thrilled to be joining this distinguished group of professionals that cover the landscape of policy issues on behalf of clients.”
Scott Pastrick, CEO of Prime Policy Group commented, “John Tanner brings a deep understanding of the legislative process, the policy and political nuances that shape corporate policy on Capitol Hill. He is a consensus builder who is respected across the political aisle in Congress and throughout foreign capitals. His international experience will solidify our firm as a leader in representing companies with global business concerns."
Before Tanner was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1989, he served as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives for twelve years. He served in the Tennessee Army National Guard from 1974-2000, when he retired at the rank of Colonel, and in the United States Navy JAG Corps, from 1968-1972. Tanner, a native Tennessean, received both his undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Tennessee.