• B.A., College of Charleston, 1997
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Richard Y. Hegg

Senior Policy Advisor

Richard Hegg is a Senior Legislative Advisor for Venable and has more than 12 years of experience advocating clients' interests before Congress and the administration. Richard advises a wide range of clients, with emphasis in the areas of appropriations, defense, transportation, health care, agriculture, homeland security, education, government contracts, and foreign affairs. His broad background has provided him with the skills to craft successful strategies that enable clients to achieve their objectives throughout the federal government.

Richard works extensively with Congress and the executive branch on a variety of domestic and international matters.  He also has extensive legislative experience in general public policy analysis, planning, and appropriations matters. This includes complex legislative initiatives and their subsequent implementation, as well as assisting clients in incorporating public policy into their strategic planning, integrating public relations into their advocacy activities, and legislative drafting.

Before joining the firm, Richard spent 6 years as Legislative Director for the consulting firm, The Potomac Group, where he developed substantial experience in policy analysis and issue advocacy. Prior to that, Richard assisted the 1998 Democratic Coordinated Campaign in South Carolina. He earned his B.A. degree in Political Science from the College of Charleston in 1997.

Over the past 12 years, Richard has provided legislative advocacy across a broad and diverse number of issues:

  • Appropriations, including assisting clients with obtaining federal funds through Congress with particular emphasis on homeland security, defense, transportation, education and energy matters
  • Transportation, including assistance with the full-funding of the Maritime Security Program, Jones Act advocacy, Title XI ship building loan guarantee program, short sea shipping, harbor maintenance tax, infrastructure banks, intermodal development and public private partnerships
  • Homeland Security, including cargo security (maritime and aviation), aviation screening and scanning, federal building security, nuclear facility security, chemical facility security, port infrastructure security, rail and transit security and urban area security grant programs
  • Defense, including UAVs, body armor, veteran’s affairs, troop support and advocacy, major weapon systems and procurement matters
  • Foreign relations, including private security contractors, government contracting in theatre, and Asian affairs
  • Education, including children’s museums, post secondary health worker education, higher education institution funding/grants and educational exhibits
  • Agriculture, including foreign currency trading matters and farm bill issues generally

Significant Matters

Most recently, Richard helped to garner support from members of Congress to appropriate funds for the Maritime Security Program’s new 60-ship program at $156 million for FY’06.  Richard obtained the support of 31 of the members who committed to the program, which was fully funded.