Hartwell with Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Peter Pace
Robert van Laer Hartwell
Rob Hartwell is the President of Hartwell Capitol Consulting, a firm specializing in traditional Congressional and Administration lobbying, domestic and international business development, corporate financing, fundraising, public relations, grass roots advocacy, and all aspects of business and government relations consulting. Rob also serves as Vice Chairman of the National Defense Political Action Committee.
Rob has over 25 years of hands on Congressional, political and legislative experience, serving on Capitol Hill in 1978 and from 1983 through 1993, and for the last 14 years in key lobbying and political leadership positions. Prior to starting Capitol Consulting, Hartwell:
Served as Vice President of Government Affairs for the Public Relations and Research Firm, Berman and Company, specializing in retail hospitality industry and employment policy issues.
Was appointed Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs for Americans for Fair Taxation (AFT), one of America’s largest grass roots tax reform organizations with almost 400,000 members nationwide. At AFT, Rob chaired a Coalition of 30 major national organizations supporting tax reform called the Coalition for Fundamental Tax Reform (CFTR) and was interviewed across the nation on numerous radio shows.
Served as Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) in Alexandria, Virginia, where he specialized in retail and pharmaceutical issues. At NACDS, Hartwell spearheaded legislation reforming DEA enforcement laws, involved NACDS at the national political level, and increased the NACDS PAC by almost 120%.
Left Capitol Hill to take a position as Senior Lobbyist for the American Health Care Association (AHCA). AHCA is the largest organization representing long-term care providers in the U.S. at the time, having over 11,000 Members in 50 States. At AHCA, Rob successfully enacted their top Medicare reimbursement priorities, a PPS System that leveled the playing field with America’s Hospitals.
Prior to working for AHCA, Rob was the Chief of Staff to Congressman Dick Schulze, (R-PA)a senior Member of the House Committee on Ways and Means. He was also a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Mike Oxley (R-OH), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and he worked briefly for three other Members of Congress spanning a 12-year Capitol Hill Career.
Rob also gained extensive experience in the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees working on tax policy, budget, health and other economic issues, and handling media relations.
The veteran of numerous political campaigns, Rob served in 2000 and 2004 as Chairman of the George W. Bush for President campaign of Virginia’s 8th Congressional District, served on the National Finance Committee of Victory 2000, and in 1997 was Finance Chairman for the Republican Party of Virginia.
In addition to his government relations’ experience, Rob was appointed by Gov. Jim Gilmore (VA) to the Virginia Project Exile Board, and currently serves or has served on Boards including Virginia Wesleyan College (Norfolk, VA), the Gunston Hall School, the International Deed Corporation, as Chairman of the Elizabeth Hartwell Environmental Education Fund, as President of a Luxury Yacht Charter business, Executive Services LLC, and as Vice President of the Colchester Corporation. He also serves as Vice President and Treasurer of a family Limited Liability Company, Hartick, LLC.
Rob is life-long resident of Fairfax County Virginia, a former Fairfax County Planning Commissioner appointed by House Leadership member, Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) and a former Fairfax County Library Board Trustee.