Josh Raymond is co-chair of Venable's Legislative and Government Affairs Group. Josh advises and represents some of the nation's largest companies in matters before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies. He also applies his extensive federal government and private sector experience to develop targeted advocacy, lobbying, and compliance strategies to help his clients adhere to ever-changing public policy developments and regulatory requirements.
Josh recently served as executive counsel of government affairs for General Electric (GE). In this role, he supervised the company's responses to Dodd-Frank Act legislative and regulatory challenges, and helped enact the first statutory language of its kind, allowing an industrial company to own a finance company. This development enabled GE to continue its ownership of GE Capital. Josh later steered GE Capital through its designation and eventual de-designation as the United States' first-ever Systemically Important Financial Institution (SIFI). He secured several favorable rulings regarding first-impression regulatory issues, and launched several large-scale legislative and public affairs initiatives.
Before joining GE, Josh served as chief of staff to then-Representative and current Senator Christopher S. Murphy (D-CT) from 2007 to 2009. In this capacity, he hired and supervised more than 20 legislative, communications, and district staffers, and built a reelection campaign that resulted in a landslide victory.
Josh began his career as a policy and budget analyst with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before moving to Capitol Hill. He eventually became a staff member to Representative and House Banking Committee member Darlene Hooley (D-OR) during the passage of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA).