Leading Florida-based government affairs firm, Ballard Partners, proudly announces the addition of Rebecca Benn as a partner at the firm’s office in Washington, D.C. Benn brings two decades of experience advising Congressional and corporate decision makers on various aspects of public policy.
“We are pleased to welcome Rebecca to our growing team in the nation’s Capital,” said Brian Ballard, president of Ballard Partners. “From negotiating billion-dollar budget bills in the Senate to advancing Congressional legislative priorities for the largest Eastern freight railroad, Rebecca’s extensive expertise in both the public and private sector ensure our diverse client portfolio will continue to receive the best guidance and advocacy for their issues.”
Ballard Partners welcomes Benn from her position as director of federal affairs for CSX Transportation. During her five-year tenure, she directed all government relations initiatives impacting automation, safety, environmental regulation and security while overseeing federal constituent relations for seven states.
Previously, the seasoned policy strategist guided the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations as a professional staff member for the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies as well as the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies. In both positions, Benn served as the lead Republican negotiator for bicameral and bipartisan billion-dollar federal appropriations bills, in addition to drafting legislative materials and analyzing budget requests.
Benn launched her career in the office of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran as a legislative assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Dartmouth College.