The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) has expanded its Capitol Hill staff by hiring Thomas C. Koonce as its new assistant vice president for federal government affairs, effective July 17.
Koonce, previously the manager of government relations for Accenture LLP since May 2005, is also an attorney with extensive Capitol Hill and private sector experience. He joins two fellow assistant vice presidents, Brendan Reilly and John Prible, in the Big “I” Capitol Hill office.
Prior to working at Accenture, Koonce was legislative director for Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.) from 2003-05, where he oversaw Rep. Miller’s legislative agenda and served as the congressman’s top aide on House Financial Services Committee matters. Prior to that, Koonce worked on the Democratic staff of the House Judiciary Committee. It was his second stint on Capitol Hill, where he previously staffed Rep. Stephen Neal (D-N.C.).
After earning a J.D. from William & Mary School of Law in 1998, Koonce worked four years as an associate at the law firm Clifford Chance US LLP in Washington (1998-2002). He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson College (N.C.) in 1993.
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