RIDGELAND — Former Gov. Haley Barbour and his former chief of staff Paul Hurst will join Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC (Butler Snow), according to the firm. Barbour and Hurst will provide leadership to the firm in the areas of economic development, government relations, strategic planning and business development.
“Gov. Barbour and Paul are tremendous assets for our firm, and we are excited to have them as part of our team,” said Butler Snow chairman Donald Clark Jr. “Their leadership during some of the most difficult times in our state’s history is unprecedented. We are fortunate that this legacy of leadership and innovation will continue at our firm, and both our team and our clients will benefit greatly.”
Barbour previously served as the chairman of both the Republican National Committee and the Republican Governors Association and as the White House political director for President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. He later helped found the lobbying group now known as BGR Group, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm.
“I am excited about this next chapter in my career and very pleased that I will be working with Butler Snow, a firm with strong Mississippi roots and one with a progressive regional and national platform. I also look forward to working with the new leadership in the state to continue to focus on issues important to our people and our businesses,” Barbour said.
Hurst was named chief of staff by Barbour in 2007 and previously served as chief counsel for the administration. Prior to serving in the governor’s office, Hurst was a member of Butler Snow. Hurst received a juris doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law and a bachelor of arts in political science from Vanderbilt University.
In addition to joining Butler Snow, Barbour will also join BGR Group as its founding partner and will work on national and international policy matters with that firm. He will also speak at political and business events and write a book about leadership during the Hurricane Katrina crisis.