Gary Palmquist joined Thorn Run Partners in July 2010 with extensive experience as a lobbyist and Capitol Hill staffer in the areas of healthcare, financial services, taxation, immigration and international trade. Drawing on his extensive network of bipartisan relationships on Capitol Hill, Mr. Palmquist has a strong record of developing lobbying strategies and delivering successful results. He joined Thorn Run Partners after three years with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), where he lobbied members of the House and Senate on issues such as payroll tax relief and healthcare reform.
Prior to his work for the NFIB, Mr. Palmquist served as legislative director to Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative Democrats in Congress. In that role, he was involved in crafting Blue Dog Coalition alternatives to the federal budget, tax reform legislation and other policy priorities. Mr. Palmquist previously worked as legislative director to former Congressman Bob Clement (D-TN), handling his assignment to the House Budget Committee, along with tax, defense and foreign policy issues. He also served as legislative director to former Congressman Ken Bentsen (D-TX), a member of the New Democrat Coalition. Mr. Palmquist worked closely with Congressman Bentsen on international trade issues, including Most Favored Nation trade status and Fast Track trade authority.
A skilled liaison between the business community and Capitol Hill, Mr. Palmquist's pragmatic, bipartisan approach has earned respect on both sides of the aisle. Mr. Palmquist received his B.S. from the University of Houston and master's degree from American Military University. When not in Washington, DC, Mr. Palmquist lives in Los Angeles with his wife Katie.