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The Lobbying Show is a podcast profiling lobbyists and government affairs professionals working in D.C. and state capitals across the country. Hosted by veteran Connecticut-based lobbyist Jim O'Brien, The Lobbying Show introduces you to the personalities and "day in the life" experiences of some of the most interesting and dynamic individuals in the industry. 

Each week, Jim explores the career paths of his guests, the organizations they represent, and what they do to keep up in a fast-paced and constantly changing industry.

Jun 17, 2019

David Weinraub is a Co-Founder of Brown & Weinraub, a government relations firm based in Albany, NY serving almost 200 clients. They work with clients including, BAE Systems, Dow Chemicals, 23 and Me, and AirBnB.

  • David was raised in New York City.
  • He attended St. Johns University and earned a BS in Criminal Justice, then earned a JD from St. Johns Law School.
  • David worked at a boutique law firm before branching out into politics.
  • Through a chance encounter with someone from Governor Mario Coumo’s staff, he got involved in the governor’s re-election campaign.
  • After the campaign, he became the Governor’s representative to the Borough of Queens.
  • David then served as Counsel to the Lt. Governor of New York and then as the Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental affairs for Gov. Cuomo.

“We have to prove ourselves every month. This business is a hustle. it is a consulting business and those clients have to make a decision every 30 days if they want to sign that check for you or not. You have to be on your toes.”

David shares great advice about being a successful government relations professional, starting his own firm, and about becoming involved in New York politics. David gives some frank advice about the importance of humility to the process, respect for the system and respect for legislators. David’s firm offers internships and encourages students to apply through their website.

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