GAGE Business Consulting and Government Affairs today announced the addition of Senator Conrad Burns who will serve as Senior Advisor to the firm. Senator Burns will focus on increasing the firm’s visibility and presence domestically and internationally to provide a greater reach of opportunities for GAGE clients.
As a member of both the powerful Commerce and Appropriations Committees for the United States Senate, Burns brings over 18 years of political and telecommunications experience to GAGE. Praised as “one of the fathers of the modern Internet,” the Senator spearheaded major telecom deregulation legislation, the roll-out of broadband in rural areas, and pushed for new Internet and mobile phone technologies. In 1997, Burns became Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, one of the major regulatory standings in Congress. As Chairman, he positioned himself as the leading telecommunications expert in the Senate. Prior to his leadership on the Subcommittee on Communications, Burns authored section 706 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act and went on to unveiled the “Digital Dozen” proposal for telecom legislation in 1999. During the 107th Congress, Senator Burns pushed his “Tech 7” Agenda, which aimed to bring greater security to the Internet, followed by his “NexGenTen” Tech Agenda introduced during the 108th Congress. At the start of the 1097h Congress Burns rolled out his “e-Eleven,” Tech Agenda, eleven top priority items to strengthen security and usher reform for 21st century communication
“Conrad’s expertise, knowledge and background as a senior member of the United States Senate will be of great value to our clients.” said Leo Giacometto, CEO and founding partner of GAGE. “Not only does he have in depth knowledge and understanding of the United States Government but through his International travels, the Senator has developed key relationships that will bring the clients of our firm significant opportunities abroad.”
At the start of the 109th Congress, Burns took the helm as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation. He also served as Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations where he had jurisdiction over all the country’s federal lands and the National Park Service. Other Appropriations subcommittees the Senator served on included, Defense, Energy and Water, Transportation and Military Construction.
“I look forward to joining the talented team at GAGE and I am excited to lend my knowledge of government, telecommunications and the international market to our clients,” said Burns. “I am very familiar with the firm’s tradition for success and I know that I am ready to take on any and all challenges to uphold and further GAGE’s great reputation of providing clients the best for their businesses.”