Director of Governmental Relations, Jones Walker
Larry Lavender is Director of Government Relations for Jones Walker. Before joining the firm, he served for five years as the Chief of Staff of the Financial Services Committee for the United States House of Representatives, and, prior to that, for five years as Chief of Staff to Congressman Spencer Bachus.
During his tenure with the Financial Services Committee, which spanned the 2008 financial crisis, the Committee considered some of the most significant and far reaching legislation in its history. The Dodd-Frank Act is the most prominent example, but Housing and GSE legislation were also major issues. The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reauthorization was also enacted during this time period.
In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the Committee, Mr. Lavender assisted the Chairman and other members in developing policy and legislative strategy, and was the Committee’s principal contact with congressional leadership staff and other committees of the House, particularly when considering cross-jurisdictional issues such as internet gambling, derivatives regulation, and budget authorizations.