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Hon. Richard Gephardt
President & CEO,

Gephardt Group Government Affairs

 

 

   
 

Richard A. Gephardt is President and CEO of Gephardt Group Government Affairs.  He provides strategic advice to clients on issues before the House, Senate and Executive Branch in the federal government.  Mr. Gephardt has brought successful resolution for clients on issues related to negotiations, crisis management, and strategic communications.  He represents a broad array of Fortune 100 clients on Capitol Hill and before the Administration, in addition to serving as public spokesperson for clients on coalitions to bring about policy solutions to healthcare reform and climate change. 


Mr. Gephardt served for 28 years in the United States House of Representatives from 1976 to 2004, representing Missouriís 3rd Congressional District, home to his birthplace St. Louis.  In his role as Leader, Mr. Gephardt emerged as one of the leading strategists of the Democratic Partyís platform and chief architect to landmark reforms ranging from healthcare, pensions, education, energy independence and trade policy.  In his first year in Congress, he was appointed to both the House Ways & Means and Budget Committees.  He was elected to serve as House Democratic Leader for more than 14 years, as House Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995 and Minority Leader from 1995 to 2003. 


Mr. Gephardt currently serves as Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy, a private, nonprofit organization that endeavors to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts.  He is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and an Advisory Board member to the International Conservation Caucus Foundation.  He also serves as Advisory Board chairman at the Richard A. Gephardt Institute for Public Service at Washington University in St. Louis, and the Library and Research Center of the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis recently opened The Richard A. Gephardt Collection to represent the life and career of his tenure in Congress.  


Prior to founding Gephardt Group Government Affairs in 2007, Mr. Gephardt served at DLA Piper, LLP, where he now serves as a Strategic Advisor on international trade and government affairs. 


Mr. Gephardt earned his bachelor of science from Northwestern University in 1962 and his juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School in 1965.  He has been married to his wife Jane for 38 years and they have three children, Matt, Chrissy and Kate.