LaRocco & son affiliate with D.C. policy shop

Former Idaho Democratic Congressman Larry LaRocco and his son, Matt, are affiliating with Goddard Gunster, a public policy firm with offices in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, London, Brussels and Cairo. The LaRoccos will co-locate at the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

Larry LaRocco, who was elected to represent the 1st District in 1990 and 1992, became a lobbyist after his defeat in 1994. His lobbying clients include Albertson’s LLC, Discover and U.S. Geothermal.

The former lawmaker has worked with his son since 2000.

A news release from Goddard Gunster follows:


July 15, 2013



Team LaRocco to partner with Goddard Gunster

Former congressman, policy expert to act as senior consultants


Washington — Former Congressman Larry LaRocco and public policy expert Matt LaRocco will co-locate and affiliate with Goddard Gunster, one of the world’s leading issue advocacy firms.


Larry LaRocco is a former two-term US congressman from Idaho and president of LaRocco Associates Inc. and Matt LaRocco is the founder of Quorum Public Policy Group. The LaRoccos have worked together on advocacy and public policy issues in Washington, DC since 2000. Both men will act as senior consultants to Goddard Gunster, a firm that specializes in influencing campaigns both at the grassroot and opinion leader levels.


According to Gerry Gunster, senior partner of Goddard Gunster, the LaRocco team brings expertise on a wide array of public policy issues and adds dimension to the full range of issue advocacy skills Goddard Gunster offers.


“Few people know Washington and understand the national and international policy environment the way Larry and Matt do. Their ability to navigate increasingly complex policy issues will prove invaluable to our clients, especially as our business becomes more and more global, ” Gunster explained, adding that Congressman LaRocco’s connections are especially far reaching, “extending from DC to Cairo, from Eastern Europe to South America.”


The LaRocco team and Goddard Gunster have a long history of collaboration. “From the upcoming EU/US Free Trade Agreement to opportunities in North Africa and the Middle East, there is much work to be done,” said Congressman LaRocco. “This affiliation will bring our relationship to the next level to the benefit of all our clients.”


Larry LaRocco, brings more than 30 years of experience from the private, government, domestic, and international sectors to his client work. Prior to his congressional service, he spent the majority of his career in the financial services sector.


While in Congress, Mr. LaRocco served on the influential House Financial Services Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee. Today, LaRocco continues the work he began in 1995 by working with numerous financial services clients and issues. He is past president of the US Association of Former Members of Congress and remains active in that organization as a board member and program participant.


He was also active in the leadership of the House through his service on the Speaker’s Policy Working Group and as a deputy whip.

Matthew LaRocco brings more than 20 years of government relations experience to the team. He has represented numerous clients before the US House and Senate and the Administration in the areas of transportation, defense, homeland security, financial services, and education.


Today, Matt designs and executes legislative and political strategies including the drafting of legislation, conference report language, hearing testimony, and coordinated message development for Capitol Hill dissemination.


“Matt has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies to achieve their goals on Capitol Hill and with the Administration. His counsel will be highly valued by the Goddard Gunster team,” said Gunster.


The LaRoccos will be located in the Goddard Gunster headquarters in Washington, DC. Goddard Gunster also has offices in London, Brussels, Cairo, and Los Angeles.


For more information:
Goddard Gunster

Rob Leggat






Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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