State Lobbying Contract
On December 5, 2018, Houston City Council approved a two year agreement with Hillco Partners, LLC for state lobbying services for the City of Houston. The maximum spending authority for the agreement is $662,046.
On March 3rd, 2020, the Government Relations team signed an agreement with Koenning Consulting for service during the interim session not to exceed $45,000.
The scope of services requires the firm to work with the Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Relations to identify and prepare potential proactive legislation, assist in tracking adverse legislation, advocate and advance the City’s position on legislation, further develop relationships with members of the Houston delegation and work with City Council members to develop a system of personal contacts and grassroots support throughout the legislative process.
General City Federal Lobby Contract
On July 18, 2018, Houston City Council approved a two year agreement with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (“Akin Gump”), with an additional one year option, to advocate for the City before the United States Congress and Federal agencies. The maximum spending authority for the agreement is $744,000.
Akin Gump has provided successful federal representation for the City since February 2005. Over the years, the firm has advanced the City’s interests on a broad range of issues including: workforce development, clean air and water, federal flood insurance, water infrastructure, payday lending, NASA and investment in Johnson Space Center, expansion of William P. Hobby Airport for international service, freight rail investment and safety, transportation funding, law enforcement, housing, and disaster assistance.
Akin Gump will continue to assist the City on a broad range of issues involving federal policy, including identifying federal funding for City priorities related to law enforcement, interoperable communications, transportation and rail, housing and economic development, parks, energy efficiency, flood control, and health and human services; advocating for maximum funding for critical programs, including Community Development Block Grants and law enforcement; assisting the City in working with HUD regarding program compliance; ensuring that NASA is sufficiently funded and that Johnson Space Center (JSC) retains missions and contractor work; and pursuing economic development funding for Complete Communities. As in the past, Akin Gump will continue to make the Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Relations aware of developments in Washington that may affect the City and assist in developing strategies to achieve the City’s objectives in Washington, including maintaining frequent communication with members of the Houston Congressional delegation and Executive Branch officials.
To increase transparency, the Mayor’s Office for Governmental Relations is happy to provide the following contracts the City has executed for lobbying services. Please contact Director Bill Kelly with any further questions. The links below are .pdf, unless otherwise indicated