Graham Thompson’s wealth of legislative and executive experience in the U.S. Congress, the Georgia General Assembly and the Office of the Governor provides TVG’s clients with unparalleled advocacy and access. In Washington, D.C., Graham served as chief policy advisor for Congressman and now Governor Nathan Deal, providing expertise on agricultural, healthcare and telecommunications issues.
Graham also served for three years in the office of Gov. Sonny Perdue, which included a key role as liaison between the Office of the Governor, state agencies and the Georgia General Assembly. Graham advanced the governor’s legislative agenda in the General Assembly, built legislative support for the executive’s budget initiatives, developed stronger ties between agency heads and legislators, and advised the governor on high-profile and politically sensitive legislative proposals.
Graham was also successful at winning bipartisan support for Gov. Perdue’s initiatives, and his ability to rally support among all legislators resulted in members of the General Assembly voting more than 90 percent of the time for the governor’s proposals during Graham’s tenure.
Graham has strong private-sector lobbying experience as well, serving as the Southeastern manager for governmental affairs for Sprint Nextel. Graham developed, directed and implemented successful public policy strategies in 12 Southeastern states for Sprint. While focusing on telecommunications policy for a Fortune 60 company with a wide portfolio of public policy interests, Graham strategically developed successful actions on a wide variety of public policy areas, including appropriations, taxation, health policy and government procurement.
Graham has built on those public- and private-sector experiences at TVG, successfully representing a host of clients in the Office of the Governor, Georgia General Assembly, and various state and local governmental agencies.