Jon S. Bouker, co-practice group leader of the firm’s Government Relations practice, brings to Arent Fox extensive experience in the US Congress, which he puts to work serving clients on a wide variety of general business and government relations matters. Jon represents clients before Congress, the White House and federal agencies (particularly the General Services Administration), the government of the District of Columbia, and surrounding counties. Jon also is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.
In the US House of Representatives, Jon served as chief counsel and legislative director to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) while at the same time serving as minority counsel to Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), then ranking member of the House Government Reform Committee. Jon’s primary duty on the committee was his role as the Democratic staff director for the House Subcommittee on the District of Columbia, the subcommittee with federal legislative jurisdiction over the nation’s capital. In his work as the House Democrats’ primary staff member for District of Columbia matters, Jon played a central role in developing, negotiating, and passing historic legislation to spur the District’s revitalization, including passage of the National Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act of 1997.
Jon also advised Congresswoman Norton on all economic development issues, including passage of TIF and revenue bond financing for the District of Columbia; an act to allow the issuance of bonds to construct the District’s new convention center; the Southeast Federal Center Public-Private Development Act; authorization to construct the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives headquarters in Washington, DC; funding to build the New York Avenue Metro stop; location of the Department of Transportation headquarters and Homeland Security Headquarters in DC; and reopening Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and keeping DC open for business after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Jon also served as Congresswoman Norton’s lead staff person in shepherding the District’s annual budget through the House and Senate.