Former Congressman Vic Fazio (D-CA) has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a senior adviser in Washington, DC, the firm has announced. He will advise clients on a range of public policy and government relations issues.
Mr. Fazio served for 20 years as a member of Congress, representing California's Third District. During his tenure of public service, he was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, serving as a subcommittee chairman or ranking member for 18 years. In addition, he was a member of the Armed Services, Budget, Ethics and House Administration committees.
In addition to his role on the Appropriations Committee, Mr. Fazio was active in the Democratic leadership of the House, holding several appointive and elected positions. He served as the vice chair of the Democratic Caucus from 1989 until 1994, when he was elected chairman, the third-ranking position in the House. He was the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the political arm of the House Democrats, for four years in the early 1990s. He also was a majority whip-at-large and served as a regional representative on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
Before his election to Congress, Mr. Fazio served in the California State Assembly. Prior to first being elected to public office, he was a senior assistant to the speaker of the California Assembly.
After his retirement from Congress in 1998, Mr. Fazio served as the co-managing partner of the strategic communications consulting firm Clark & Weinstock in Washington, DC.