Towner French
Principal
B.A. and certificate in business markets and management, Duke University

Capitol Counsel Staff

C. Towner French is a principal with Capitol Counsel, LLC. For nearly 15 years, he served as a legislative and process specialist in the House of Representatives. French developed strong bipartisan relationships with key state delegations including Texas, Florida, and Illinois and possesses the ability to create and rally coalitions to successful outcomes. French is versed on a diverse portfolio of legislative issues including health care, appropriations, transportation, telecommunications, and energy, and has worked on numerous high-profile congressional campaigns.

EDUCATION:
Duke University – B.A.

POSITIONS HELD:

  • House Committee on Rules, Washington, D.C. – Deputy Staff Director under Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX). Served as the primary staff contact for members of Congress and congressional staff to the Rules Committee. Worked to promote critical legislation and establish a dynamic strategic process.
  • Office of Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Washington, D.C. – Chief of Staff. Served as the primary liaison between Chairman Sessions and the National Republican Congressional Committee. Managed a diverse staff while maintaining a primary responsibility for health care policy.
  • House Committee on Homeland Security, Washington, D.C. – Chief Parliamentarian. Directed legislative strategy and committee process for then-Chairman Peter King (R-NY).
  • Office of Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Washington, D.C. – Chief of Staff and Legislative Director
  • Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-IL), Washington, D.C. – As an aide, French began his service on Capitol Hill.

SUCCESSES:
French’s extensive knowledge of the legislative process resulted in the passage of the Stephen Beck, Jr., ABLE Act, a bill promoting self-reliance and personal growth of persons with disabilities by authorizing new, dynamic ways for their families to save for their future.