Bracewell LLP announced today that Stoney Burke will join the firm’s Policy Resolution Group (PRG) as a principal focusing on energy, infrastructure, technology, trade and national security policy, among other issues. He will be based in the firm’s Washington, DC office.

Burke joins Bracewell from the office of Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), where he served as chief of staff for the past three years and helped pass nine bills sponsored by Rep. Hurd that were signed into law during his first term, more than any other House or Senate Member in the 114th Congress. Previously Burke worked as a legislative assistant for former Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX) from 2006 to 2008. During that time, he was responsible for energy, agriculture, natural resources and trade issues for the then-Appropriations Subcommittee chairman.

“I want to thank Stoney for being a trusted adviser and building a team to best represent the constituents of the 23rd District of Texas,” said Rep. Hurd. “I am grateful for his longtime friendship, political expertise and commitment to public service over the past three years as Chief of Staff. Stoney will continue to play a key role for our election campaign and wish him the best on this new opportunity.”

“As Congress and the Trump Administration take up infrastructure, energy and other issues, clients are looking for guidance on how new policies will impact their businesses,” said Bracewell’s Managing Partner Gregory M. Bopp. “Stoney is a strong addition to Bracewell’s growing PRG team. We are pleased to welcome him.”

“Stoney has earned respect from both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill for his hard work and ability to get things done,” said Bracewell’s PRG Co-Head Scott Segal. “He brings a unique, bipartisan background to government affairs work, combined with significant experience in the private sector. Bracewell’s clients will benefit from Stoney’s knowledge of the issues, his political acumen and his strategic communications sense.”

Burke also has significant private sector experience. He spent seven years as director of external affairs at the Southern Company, one of the largest and most sophisticated power companies. At Southern, Burke developed legislative strategies for energy and security issues at the federal and state level. He was also responsible for comprehensive, cross-platform outreach to a diverse array of third-party stakeholders.

Burke is the fourth addition to the growing Bracewell PRG team in the past eight months. Liam Donovan, a lobbyist on tax, infrastructure and energy issues; Christine Wyman, who focuses on energy and environmental policy; and Anna Burhop, who focuses on environmental and regulatory issues, all joined the PRG team in Washington, DC since mid-2017.

Bracewell’s DC office also deepened its bench with the addition of five strategic partner hires in 2017, including Angela Styles and Robert Wagman in government contracts, Hans Dyke and Paul Wight in energy projects, and David Super in civil litigation.

“Bracewell is widely respected as a leading government relations and strategic communications firm on today’s top-line issues,” said Burke. “I look forward to working with other members of Bracewell’s PRG team to ensure that our clients have a meaningful role in the policy discussions already underway and those slated to begin soon.”

Burke graduated with a B.A. from Texas A&M University in 2003. He also holds a graduate certificate in advanced international affairs from A&M’s Bush School of Government & Public Service.