Venable recently announced the addition of former U.S. Senator Mark Pryor to the firm's Legislative and Regulatory practices in the Washington, DC office. From 2003 to 2015, Senator Pryor represented Arkansas in the United States Senate serving on several key Senate committees, including Appropriations; Armed Services; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Rules and Administration; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and the Select Committee on Ethics. Senator Pryor began his public service career as a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives before being elected Attorney General of Arkansas in 1998.
News of Senator Pryor's addition has been featured in multiple national and Arkansas publications including the National Law Journal and The Hill on February 27, 2015, Law360, Washington Business Journal, The Washington Times and the Arkansas Times on March 2, Northwest Arkansas Gazette Democrat, O’Dwyers, Today's General Counsel, Little Rock Sun Times and the Associated Press which republished the news in Arkansas Business Online, The Daily Citizen, WMC, KATV, THV 11 and KAIT 8 on March 3 and Politico on March 4.
Discussing Senator Pryor's move with Law360 in a March 2 article, Senior Legislative Advisor Robert L. Smith, II said, "Senator Pryor is really well-liked personally in a town and in a business where it can be tough to make friends and tough to be well-liked…He's a home run for us." He added, "We are bullish in providing our clients legislative and regulatory solutions…We really are about the business of Washington. Sen. Pryor's law enforcement background as attorney general and his legislative background as a Senator just fit really, really well with the background that we try to provide for our clients."