The Lobbying Show
The Lobbying Show is a podcast profiling lobbyists and government affairs professionals working in D.C. and state capitals across the country. Hosted by veteran Connecticut-based lobbyist Jim O'Brien, The Lobbying Show introduces you to the personalities and "day in the life" experiences of some of the most interesting and dynamic individuals in the industry.
Each week, Jim explores the career paths of his guests, the organizations they represent, and what they do to keep up in a fast-paced and constantly changing industry. Everyone's path to lobbying and government affairs is unique, and the diversity of perspectives and backgrounds of Jim's guests will keep you coming back week after week.
Meet Jim O'Brien
Jim O'Brien has been involved in Connecticut politics and government for the last 20 years. Jim began his political career in college by working as an intern on Capitol Hill. After college, Jim continued to pursue his interest in politics by working on several campaigns and political events and in 1994, Jim went to work in the Connecticut Governor's office as a Legislative Liaison. Jim helped organize the Governor's legislative agenda and his responsibilities included both editing proposed legislation as well as developing and executing a strategy to pass the legislation. He also represented the Governor's office on the Electric Deregulation Working Group, a group formed to analyze ways in which to deregulate the electric utility industry.
Upon leaving the Governor's office in 1997, Jim joined an investment firm and was in charge of government and legal affairs. Also in that year, Jim ran and was elected to the West Hartford Town Council where he served two terms. In 2004, Jim started his own government relations firm, The Connecticut Group, LLC.
During the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, Jim was a political analyst for WFSB Channel 3 and NBC Channel 30. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan District Commission and the Board of Directors for Riverfront Recapture.
Jim received his B.A. in History from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1988 and his J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 1995.