Mercury, a public strategy firm based in D.C., added David Vitter, Al Simpson, and Brent Thompson. Former U.S. Senator Vitter joins Mercury after a 17-year tenure in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Simpson comes to the firm after six years of work on the Hill, serving as Chief of Staff for Congressman Mick Mulvaney. Thompson comes to Mercury after more than 15 years with Expedia.  The three, stated a release, “bring diverse policy experience, deep ties across Trump administration, Congress.”

According to the release, “Senator Vitter will serve as Co-Chairman of Mercury DC in addition to leading the development of Mercury’s Gulf South operations. From 2005-2017, Vitter served two consecutive terms as a United States Senator for Louisiana. A veteran legislator, Vitter served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives prior to his years in the Senate. Throughout his 17 years serving both houses of Congress, Vitter earned a reputation as a strong conservative voice for reform, working to curb excessive power and overreach out of Washington.”

Simpson and Thompson join Mercury DC in the role of Managing Director.

Simpson comes to Mercury after more than a decade in Republican politics. Most recently, he served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Mulvaney, the incoming director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Over the course of a 15-year career with Expedia, Thompson, stated the release, “built a storied tenure in lobbying, serving most recently as Senior Vice President, Chief of Global Government and Corporate Affairs. In his role at Expedia, Thompson directed domestic lobbying campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels, in addition to managing global campaigns.” He also served as Director of Government Relations for the National Association of Manufacturers, and held staff positions with three former U.S. Senators.

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