K Street Files: Houton’s Landing
May 12, 2009
By Anna Palmer
Roll Call Staff

The all-Republican lobby shop Whitmer & Worrall is branching into Democratic waters, adding seasoned political operative Robert Houton to its roster.

Houton, who most recently served on President Barack Obama’s inaugural committee, joins as a principal and will manage the firm’s health care and tax practice. He will co-manage the shop’s energy practice. The firm, which includes principals Tom Worrall and Martin Whitmer, decided to bring a Democrat on board after working with outside consultants. “We really wanted to bring a seasoned Democrat in-house to better cover ourselves,” Whitmer said

The firm, which counts Virgin America and Spanish company Abertis Infraestructuras as clients, has also added BPL Global and Thermal Flex Insulation to its client list this year.

Houton is no stranger to K Street. An aide on the presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in 2004, Houton also worked on tax issues for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and focused on energy policy at the Building Owners and Managers Association.

Business & Lobbying
Lobbying World
By The Hill Staff
Posted: 05/12/09 05:57 PM [ET]

Robert Houton has been hired by Whitmer & Worrall as a principal in the firm. Houton is a former aide to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.). He has served on a number of political campaigns, including Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) 2004 presidential campaign, and was on the inaugural committee of President Barack Obama.

May 12, 2009 – 10:20 p.m.

People on the Move
By Emma Dumain and Anne L. Kim, CQ Staff

Robert Houton has joined Whitmer & Worrall LLC as a principal. Houton served on Obama’s Presidential Inaugural Committee. Before that, he worked in the office of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., and on the 2004 presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. Houton also handled tax issues for the National Ready-Mixed Concrete Association and focused on energy policy at the Building Owners and Managers Association.