(Annapolis, Md. – September 14, 2016) – The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Richard J. Reinhardt, II, J.D. as its Director of Government Affairs. Richard will be working with the Chamber’s new Vice President of Government Affairs, Lawrence A. Richardson, Jr., Esq., on the Chamber’s advocacy initiatives. Richard currently serves as Director of Government and Community Relations for Towson University.
As the Director of Government and Community Relations for Towson University, Richard coordinated government relations strategies with relevant stakeholders and advocated for the university’s legislative initiatives and capital priorities to local, state and Congressional representatives. He organized and oversaw events and activities aimed at supporting the university’s government relations goals, and developed a broad spectrum of materials (talking points, legislative summaries, testimony reports, letters, fact sheets) in support of the university’s government relations agenda.
Prior to his position with Towson University, Richard served as Chief of Staff for State Senator J.B. Jennings, directly supervising a support staff of over 10 people. There, he aided in drafting legislative concepts, prepared committee testimony on office and caucus legislative priorities, provided detailed policy briefings and analysis along with researching and analyzing legislative and budgetary policies. Before working for Senator Jennings, Richard was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Robert N. Dugan.
With over a dozen years of experience in the legal, legislative and government relations realms, Richard brings a wealth of knowledge to the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. Richard will most certainly leverage all of that knowledge advocating on behalf of the Maryland business community to grow jobs, reduce regulations, and make Maryland more competitive.
Richard earned his Bachelor of Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.