Former GSA Regional Administrator Robert Babcock Joins Clark Hill in Government & Regulatory Affairs Practice in Dallas
January 7, 2020, Dallas, TX - Clark Hill today announced that Robert “Bobby” Babcock has joined the firm as Managing Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs in the firm’s Dallas office. Babcock joins a growing and diverse team of subject matter experts in the firm’s Government and Regulatory Business Unit who represent clients in a range of industries before the Federal Government and state and local jurisdictions. His prior experience, most recently as the General Services Administration’s (“GSA”) Regional Administrator for the Greater Southwest Region and before that as a Congressional aide and private sector lobbyist, brings a unique capability that Clark Hill’s leadership sees as a key to continuing to grow its government and regulatory affairs work.
“Bobby has an exceptional background that combines deep appreciation of federal policy and regulation that will be invaluable to clients in the defense, financial services, transportation and higher education industries. In addition, his most recent work at GSA has deepened his experience in federal procurement matters that we believe will help our clients be more competitive going forward because they will better understand the requirements and expectations in working with federal agency customers,” said Kevin Kelly, Leader of Clark Hill's Government & Regulatory Affairs Practice. “Bobby has a work ethic that is unmatched and his knowledge and deep roots in the Congress and in the South and Southwest will complement the solutions and reach which clients have come to expect and appreciate in dealing with the Federal Government.”
As part of Clark Hill, Babcock will be working to build the firm’s government relations business in Texas and its bordering states. He will assist existing and new Clark Hill clients in crafting and executing government relations strategies to solve complex problems before the Executive and Legislative branches. Additionally, Babcock will work on a full spectrum of legislative and regulatory issues including: aerospace, aviation and transportation, defense, energy and environment, Federal contracting, financial services and insurance, higher education research and development, real estate and construction, information technology and cybersecurity, and water resources and infrastructure development.
“I’m thrilled to join the Government & Regulatory Affairs team at Clark Hill where I can leverage my years of experience building relationships with government, community and corporate leaders in assisting the firm’s clients in navigating government relations projects with successful results,” said Babcock. “I was drawn to Clark Hill’s well established and esteemed practice, and I look forward to working with the legal team supporting their clients’ initiatives.”
In his role as Regional Administrator at the GSA, Babcock oversaw all GSA operations in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, including management of federal real estate and information technology. He was responsible for managing an inventory of over 1,500 government-owned or leased buildings, a real estate footprint of nearly 35 million square feet, and led a team of over 800 federal employees and 30,000 federal contractors. Babcock worked with Members of Congress, federal judges, federal agencies executives, local government leaders and other stakeholders to deliver value and savings in real estate, acquisition and technology. He was involved with capital construction projects for new and existing federal buildings, U.S. federal courthouses, and federally owned Land Ports of Entry ranging from $40-$200 million. He also served as a senior advisor to the GSA Administrator and Public Building Service Commissioner for strategic engagement – which helped enable the GSA to accomplish key objectives in a difficult federal budget environment.
Prior to joining the GSA, Babcock served as the Director of Government Relations at Van Scoyoc Associates, as a Senior Legislative Assistant to a Member of Congress, and as Legislative Aide to former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. In his private sector lobbying, he represented many signature clients in defense, aerospace, higher education, energy, transportation, water resources and biomedical research – with a particular emphasis on federal appropriations and grants.
Babcock earned Bachelor of Arts Degrees in History and Political Science from Southern Methodist University where he was the recipient of the Douglas Bauer Incentive Scholarship awarded by the SMU Political Science Department.
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