Smith-Free Group

Trusted. Effective. Experienced.

Bipartisan from Day One.

Who We Are

About / Our Team

With roots going back 40 years, the Smith-Free Group is the most experienced bipartisan government affairs firm in Washington, D.C. today.

Our Team

We are bipartisan strategists from the highest levels of Capitol Hill, executive agencies, and the White House.

Jon Deuser

President & CEO

James Free

Chairman

Robert Hickmott

Managing Partner

W. Timothy Locke

Senior Vice President

Trevor Kolego

Senior Vice President

Michael Gaffin

Senior Vice President

John Christie

Senior Vice President

Max Becker

Vice President

Kristin Winters

Manager of Office Operations, Associate

Jean Lee

Senior Associate, Human Resources

John Gibbons

Associate

What We Do

Expertise / Capabilities / Practice Areas / Giving Back

Government affairs should not be one-size-fits all. Positioned at the intersection of politics, policy, and procedure, the Smith-Free Group’s adaptive and diverse expertise provides a unique combination of active engagement services and access to unparalleled relationships.

Expertise

The Smith-Free Group is the government affairs firm Fortune 500 companies trust to tackle complex public affairs issues and rely on for calculated counsel and winning strategies.

Capabilities

Congressional Affairs & Oversight Expertise

Regulatory Agencies & Executive Branch Affairs

Strategic Advisory Services

Advocacy & Engagement

Practice Areas

Financial Services

Banking

Intellectual Property

Energy & Environment

Tax

Trade

Transportation

Housing

Health Care

Giving Back

The Smith-Free Group is committed to giving back to the Washington, D.C. community, including:

News & Insights

The Big Casino – June 2024

As we enter the summer of 2024, there seems to be a lingering unease and dissatisfaction in the country.  Inflation has eased statistically, but its effects are still widely felt, especially by those on the lower end of the economic ...
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The Big Casino: The Race for Senate Republican Leader

“Remember that Senate leadership elections are conducted by secret ballot, and that senators lie.” –former Sen. Jim Bunning Sen. McConnell’s announcement that he would step down as Republican Leader at the end of the 118th Congress signaled the start of ...
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