Martin P. Paone, a Senior Advisor at Prime Policy Group, rejoined the firm after a two-year hiatus spent working for President Obama as his Deputy Assistant for Legislative Affairs and Senate Liaison. Marty served on Capitol Hill for 32 years before joining the firm in 2008.
Marty spent 29 years working on the Senate floor for the Democratic leadership in various capacities. From 1995 to 2008, he served as an officer of the Senate in the position of Democratic Secretary, elected to that position by unanimous vote of the Democratic caucus in each Congress during his tenure. In this vein, Marty worked closely with each Democratic committee chairman and their staff in steering their bills through the floor. He assisted the Democratic leader in his liaison with the House leadership staff and the White House Office of Congressional Affairs. He provided daily drafting advice and parliamentary assistance to the Democratic leadership, other Senators and staff.
Marty supervised all drafts of written summaries of legislative issues on which the Senate conducted a roll call vote. He negotiated with the Republican leadership unanimous consent time agreements, which provided for a finite time limit on debate and a limitation on amendments during the consideration of complex and controversial legislation and/or nominations. Marty also worked closely with the Republican leadership staff, the Committee Chairman’s staff and the staff of other senators in “clearing” non-controversial legislation for passage by unanimous consent. Marty was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Democratic Cloakroom, its staff, the Democratic leader’s floor staff and the pages. He supervised the Senate cloakroom operation at the Democratic Conventions in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004.
After joining President Obama’s Legislative Affairs staff, Marty led the office of Senate Liaison. While serving in the Executive Branch, he worked closely with the bipartisan Senate Leadership to advance the President’s agenda. Widely regarded as an expert in the oftentimes complicated Senate procedure, Marty served as an advisor to the show “House of Cards,” working on the set and with the writers in 2013.
From 2009-2015 Marty served as an Adjunct Professor at the College of William and Mary where he taught a summer class on Congressional Legislative Procedures at their Washington D.C. Campus. He graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Philosophy and later earned a Master’s degree in Russian Area Studies from Georgetown University. Marty was born in Everett, Massachusetts and currently resides in Reston, Virginia with his wife Ruby.
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