Julius W. Hobson Jr. is Senior Policy Advisor at the firm, where he advises and lobbies on a number of issues including health care, appropriations, banking and financial services, budget, defense, foreign relations, and taxes. Prior to assuming his current role, he handled the same matters at another firm in Washington, D.C. Earlier, he was Director, Division of Congressional Affairs at the American Medical Association, where he managed the AMA's interaction with the U.S. Congress. Previously, Mr. Hobson was Assistant Director in the Division. While at the AMA, he lobbied the House and Senate Republican Leadership, the House Committees on Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means, and the House and Senate Appropriations, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.
Prior to joining the AMA, Mr. Hobson served on the staff of former Senator Charles Robb [VA], where he was responsible for financial and economic issues. He previously served in the Executive Office of the Mayor, District of Columbia Government, where he was responsible for coordinating the city's relations with Congress and with the federal executive branch and for advocating for the annual District of Columbia Appropriations Bill. Mr. Hobson served in the U.S. House of Representatives as Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Fiscal Affairs and Health under the Committee on the District of Columbia and as Chief of Staff to a Member of the House. He also handled congressional affairs for Howard University, including advocating before Congress for the University's annual appropriation. Mr. Hobson served a four-year term as an elected member of the D.C. Board of Education, during which he served a term as Vice President and where his responsibilities included testifying before the House and Senate Appropriations Committees regarding the school system's budget.
In addition to his full-time work at the firm, Mr. Hobson is Professorial Lecturer, Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, where he teaches courses on "Lobbying," "Electoral and Legislative Processes," and "Fundamentals of Political Management." He has lectured on the legislative process, lobbying, budgets, and appropriations at American University, the University of the District of Columbia, Bowie State University, Howard University, the University of California at Irvine, Northeastern University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Hobson is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter, where he previously served terms as Vice Chair and Chair. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and is a member of the Practitioner Panel for the new academic journal Interest Groups & Advocacy. Mr. Hobson previously served as Chair, Vice Chair, and Member of the Board of Directors of the D.C. Health and Hospital Public Benefit Corporation, which was the governing board for the city's public hospital and clinics. He previously served as Chair of the D.C. Health and Hospital Public Benefit Foundation.
A Washington, D.C. native, Mr. Hobson is a graduate of Howard University (B.A., History) and George Washington University (M.A., Legislative Affairs). Mr. Hobson's family is profiled in The Washington Century: Three Families and the Shaping of the Nation's Capital by Burt Solomon (2004). He is one of several lobbyists profiled in Lobbying in Washington, London, and Brussels: The Persuasive Communication of Political Issues by Conor McGrath (2005).