• Alex Gangitano, The Hill

Daschle Group hires first GOP lobbyist

The Daschle Group, founded by former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), hired its first Republican lobbyist, Sen. Deb Fischer’s (R-Neb.) former chief of staff Joe Hack.


Hack, who worked for Fischer since she was first elected in 2012, is the former all-Democratic firm’s seventh lobbyist. The Daschle Group was founded in 2014.


Daschle is no stranger to the current 50-50 Senate, where each party controls 50 seats and Vice President Harris breaks tie votes. He was the majority leader during a similar 50-50 Senate from 2001 to 2003.


“In the Senate, every vote matters, and that’s never more true than when the body is split 50-50. We faced this situation 20 years ago, when I was Democratic leader and President Biden was one of my close colleagues. This might sound a little old-fashioned, but we never thought compromise was a dirty word — we always thought it was a healthy part of the process,” Daschle told The Hill.


His experience in the Senate led him to make the strategic move to hire Hack. Daschle retired in 2005.


“We knew that if we wanted to get anything done, we had to work with the other side. I still believe that’s true. Bringing Joe Hack on our team was a strategic decision to move The Daschle Group in a bipartisan direction with more talent, expertise, and relationships now available to our clients,” he said.


Hack looks forward to being the firm’s first and only Republican.


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