A VIEW FROM THE STATES: Dentons 50 State Network review of the political landscape

Dentons’ Public Policy group has provided a synopsis of the political landscape for each state prepared by members of our Dentons 50 network — experts from all 50 state capitols with a pulse on federal, state and local races in their respective states. We also highlight the states with governors races, attorneys general races and the 22 state chambers considered “battle grounds” with their current majorities.

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John R. Russell, IV

About John R. Russell, IV

John Russell is a member of Dentons' Public Policy practice. Focusing on federal advocacy and strategic communications, John worked for nearly a decade on Capitol Hill, serving on the leadership staffs of a speaker, a House majority whip and the chairman of the House Campaign Committee. In his career, John has worked both extensively and effectively in the legislative, communications and campaign arenas.

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Eric Tanenblatt

About Eric Tanenblatt

Eric Tanenblatt is the Global Chair of Public Policy and Regulation of Dentons, the world's largest law firm. He also leads the firm's US Public Policy Practice, leveraging his three decades of experience at the very highest levels of the federal and state governments.

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Thurbert Baker

About Thurbert Baker

Attorney General Thurbert Baker co-leads Dentons' US State Attorney General practice and serves on the US Board. His practice focuses on corporate compliance and investigations, complex state legal and legislative matters, public policy and regulatory affairs, multi-state litigation, public sector procurements and regulatory matters.

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David Quam

About David Quam

As a member of Dentons’ Public Policy practice, David co-leads Dentons 50, the firm’s 50-state advocacy network that provides clients facing complex, multi-state policy matters with on-the-ground government relations capabilities in every state capitol.

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Polly Lawrence

About Polly Lawrence

Polly Lawrence is a senior policy director in Dentons’ Public Policy group. A former member of the Colorado General Assembly, where she served as House Republican Whip and Assistant Minority Leader, Polly is an accomplished government relations professional, adept at monitoring lawmaking trends, assessing potential business impacts and recommending solutions that optimize client interests.

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Ceasar C. Mitchell, Jr.

About Ceasar C. Mitchell, Jr.

Ceasar C. Mitchell, Jr. is a member of the Public Policy team and head of the firm’s interdisciplinary Local Government Solutions practice, a service that bridges the public and private sectors to meet the challenges facing US local and state governments. Ceasar represents a mix of private sector and government entities in arranging public funding for the acquisition, construction and redevelopment of new and existing multi-family housing and mixed-use projects. He also represents financial institutions in crafting financing solutions for commercial and residential land acquisitions and development, construction, capital improvements, working capital, equipment and debt restructuring.

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Rob Vescio

About Rob Vescio

One of the original principals that launched Dentons Cohen & Grigsby Public Affairs, Rob is a seasoned professional with nearly 20 years of public affairs experience. If a major public policy debate is occurring in Pennsylvania, chances are, Rob is part of the discussion.

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William M. Kaneko

About William M. Kaneko

William Kaneko is a partner in the Honolulu office, where he advises clients on administrative law, government relations, public affairs, strategic planning, lobbying and community relations. He represents clients before government agencies at the federal, state and county levels. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for government relations law, and named one of Honolulu Magazine's Best Lawyers in Hawaii, every year since 2009. In 2014, 2017 and 2021, Best Lawyers named him Hawaii Lawyer of the Year for Government Relations.

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