Jeff Weist

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“The trust our clients place in Weist Capitol Group is our most valuable asset. They invest their futures with us, and count on us to tell it to them straight, to give sound political advice, and to help their industry end up with the best possible outcomes.”

Jeff crafts sound public policy on behalf of corporate, government, non-profit and trade association clients, and works closely with legislators and regulators to advance balanced legislative solutions. For nearly 20 years, clients have consulted with Jeff for all aspects of government relations, including strategic planning, lobbying, political fundraising, coalition building, grassroots campaigns and communications.

While still an undergraduate at Georgetown University, Jeff launched his career in Washington, D.C., serving on the staff of U.S. Rep. Dan Schaefer (R-CO). As Congressman Schaefer’s legislative director, he specialized in economic, tax, budget, telecommunications, utility and banking policy. He staffed the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance, where he negotiated significant portions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He also staffed the Subcommittee on Energy and Power, where he helped author the first federal bill to create consumer choice in the electric power industry. Jeff led the coalition that secured the first (and last) passage of the Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also authored groundbreaking legislation to replace the income tax with a consumption-based tax system.

In 1997, Jeff returned to his native Colorado to work as Director of State Government Affairs for TCI and its successor, AT&T Broadband, then the nation’s largest cable television operators. In that role, he managed legislative affairs for the company in the Rocky Mountain region and nationwide.

He left corporate America in 2002 and has spent the last 13 years as a contract lobbyist. Jeff now heads the bi-partisan Weist Capitol Group. Weist Capitol offers a full slate of government affairs services, including association management, event planning, public/press relations, PAC management and campaign finance expertise, grass-roots/grass-tops campaigns, regulatory, local and federal government relations, real-time legislative tracking and monitoring with the latest online tools, coalition- and relationship-building, creative and effective writing, strategic planning, and legal and business research.

Jeff’s community involvements include serving on the boards of the the Denver Art Museum Asian Art Association and the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. He also served as an Assistant Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts and is a former Cub Scout Cubmaster.