November 20, 2012

From The Washington Post

By T. R. Goldman

(Polsinelli Shughart Senior Policy Advisor Julius Hobson was recently included in an article in the Washington Post about whether lobbying can be taught)

You can go to school to learn about lobbying, but you don’t become a lobbyist by going to school. “I always start off the first night by saying, ‘If you thought when you finished this course you could be a lobbyist, you’re wrong,’ ” explains Julius W. Hobson Jr., a senior adviser at Polsinelli Shughart and former top lobbyist at the American Medical Association who graduated from the George Washington program in 1980 and has been teaching a course there twice a year ever since 1994. “N

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About Julius Hobson

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.