WASHINGTON —Bipartisan government affairs firm Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas today announced that long-time Congressional committee staff director, Steve Cote, is joining their team.
“Steve understands how to get things done,” founding partner Bruce Mehlman said. “His knowledge of policy, process, and politics has earned him the reputation as one of the top strategic thinkers in Washington.”
“I’m honored to be joining Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas—their bipartisan team has an incredible reputation for integrity, diligence, and effectiveness, bringing the right mix of policy, strategy, and advocacy. I’m excited to put my 20 years of House, Senate, and Executive Branch experience to work for an amazing group of clients,” said Cote.
According to Financial Services Ranking Member Patrick McHenry, “Cote has been a tremendous asset to the Financial Services Committee, Republicans, and the institution of the House. With more than 20 years in public policy—and a decade of providing counsel to House Republican leadership—you’d be hard-pressed to find someone with his level of experience. Cote’s institutional knowledge along with his strategic thinking and problem-solving skills make him a highly sought-after leader on the Hill and off. While I will miss his counsel, I’m certain he’ll be a successful advocate in his new role.”
Rules Committee Ranking Member Tom Cole similarly observed: “During his eight years of exceptional service rendered at the House Rules Committee, Steve Cote provided invaluable insight, perspective and strategic counsel. Notably, he helped the Rules Committee and House Republicans navigate and advance many of our most consequential and monumental pieces of legislation to benefit the American people. Indeed, few others have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the House of Representatives. Stephen will always be a friend of the Rules Committee and the Republican Conference.”
Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas is a full-service, bipartisan government relations firm whose partners and principals have decades of political and policy experience. Known for creativity, determination, and uncompromising integrity, the firm help clients win legislative and regulatory battles, build their brand, establish key relationships, and elevate their stature inside the beltway.
Stephen M. Cote, Principal, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas. Most recently, Stephen was the Republican Staff Director for the Committee on Financial Services where he served as a senior advisor to Ranking Member Patrick McHenry (R-NC), members of the committee, and House Republican leadership. Stephen previously served as Staff Director for the House Rules Committee and Parliamentarian to the House Republican Conference when Republicans last controlled Congress—helping to enact many marquee initiatives into law. He also served as Director for Legislative Affairs at the White House Office of Management and Budget in the George W. Bush Administration. Stephen began his service on Capitol Hill in 1999 working for Senator Connie Mack (R-FL) and continued his service with the Florida delegation as Chief of Staff for Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL).