Drew Goesl is a partner with Capitol Counsel LLC. With nearly two decades of Capitol Hill and private sector experience, Drew has earned the reputation as a highly regarded and experienced consensus builder in Washington. Clients regularly seek his robust relationships with members of Congress and senior staff on both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate, the Administration, and the national media. Interested and involved in politics from a young age, Drew has spent a lifetime cultivating his political instincts. His unique blend of talents and his personal approach to lobbying have helped make Drew an effective player in Washington.
Drew possesses a keen understanding of federal policymaking due to his extensive experience in Capitol Hill politics. Because of this, he has shaped effective messaging strategies and achieved legislative success at the highest levels of government. He excels in the arenas of government affairs, corporate strategic advisement, issue advocacy, and public relations. Drew has represented a variety of clients across the spectrum, from Fortune 500 companies to non-profit organizations.
At Capitol Counsel, Drew has been deeply engaged in the issue areas of tax, energy and commerce, financial services and health care. Given the diversity of this experience, Drew relies on his knowledge of the legislative process and his extensive bipartisan relationships to offer clients strategic advice essential for them to achieve their political and policy-oriented goals. Drew attributes much of his skillset in government advocacy to his prior experience working for members of Congress who were innovative in their approaches to problem solving, while tremendously driven in their commitment to finding bipartisan solutions.
Prior to joining Capitol Counsel, Drew served as chief of staff to a moderate Democrat, Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR). In this role, Drew directed Representative Ross’s leadership responsibilities for the Blue Dog Coalition and was responsible for advancing the coalition’s overall agenda in the complicated health care overhaul of 2009. This was a unique time of influence for this powerful coalition of moderates as they immersed themselves in this historic debate. With Drew’s leadership, the Blue Dogs cemented their role as moderate brokers in key White House and Congressional negotiations.
Before leading the staff for Representative Ross, Drew served as communications director for Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR). In that capacity, he acted as a senior advisor, chief communications strategist, and spokesperson for the Senator. Drew managed Senator Lincoln’s messaging, media relations, press operations and staff. He cultivated strong relationships with the press and members of the media both nationally and regionally. Drew is particularly adept at turning complex policy into understandable language suitable for a general constituency. In 2005, Drew was elected president of the prestigious Senate Press Secretaries Association.
Drew is a native of Texarkana, Arkansas and a proud Razorback, having graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.