Posted: February 3rd, 2016 | By: Maggie Garrison
Former U.S. Sen. from North Carolina and Wake Forest Law alumna Kay Hagan (JD ’78) joined Washington D.C. lobbying firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Jan. 2016 as a senior policy consultant.
Hagan brings 16 years of experience holding elected office, including serving in the North Carolina State Senate from 1999-2008 and the U.S. Senate from 2009-2014. During her term as U.S. senator, she served on four committees: Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs, Armed Services and Small Business & Entrepreneurship. She was also chair of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee.
In addition, Hagan has experience in the financial services industry as a former vice president in the Trust and Estates and Private Banking divisions at North Carolina’s largest bank, North Carolina National Bank, now part of Bank of America.
At Akin Gump, Hagan will advise firm clients across a wide range of policy issues, particularly focusing on the heath and financial services sectors.
“Akin Gump is not only home to Washington’s preeminent public law and policy group, but also boasts top-tier teams in industries that are of great importance to me, including health care, banking and more. Coming here feels like a very natural fit, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with such an established and well-regarded team,” said Hagan.
Donald R. Pongrace, head of Akin Gump’s public law and policy practice, was enthusiastic about Hagan’s decision to join Akin Gump.
“We are very pleased to welcome to our team someone with such a rich history in both the public and private sector. Her firsthand experience with many crucial and timely policy issues will make her a tremendous asset, both within the firm and for our clients,” said Pongrace.