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Howard Schweitzer

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Howard Schweitzer is the managing partner of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies and served in high-level political and executive appointments in the Bush, Clinton, and Obama administrations, including a pivotal role in the federal government’s financial crisis response as Chief Operating Officer of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Howard counsels clients regarding a variety of regulatory and policy issues before the U.S. government and represents clients before U.S. Executive Branch agencies and Congress. 

In October 2008, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson appointed Howard as the first COO of TARP. In this position, Howard led program execution and built the TARP infrastructure. He served as a key point person regarding the financial crisis through the presidential transition and continued to serve as TARP COO under Secretary Timothy Geithner until August 2009. In this position, Howard played a critical role in overseeing the program administration and was responsible for ensuring that multiple agencies and government parties were aligned and coordinated in their understanding of the program and its priorities.

Prior to his Treasury appointment, Howard was appointed by President Bush as senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary, and chief ethics officer at the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). In this capacity, he was Ex-Im Bank's principal legal and corporate governance officer. Howard began his career at Ex-Im Bank during the Clinton administration and throughout his tenure was involved in negotiating the bank's most complex international financial transactions. Howard also played a key role in managing the bank's $60 billion credit portfolio and in interfacing with other executive branch agencies and Congress. Howard served as a trusted adviser to five bank chief executives in both Republican and Democratic administrations and ran the Senate confirmation process for more than 20 presidential nominees.

Upon his departure from the Treasury, Secretary Geithner awarded Howard the Treasury's Distinguished Service Award for his role in creating TARP and responding to the financial crisis. He also received the Export-Import Bank Chairman's Award in 2003 for his service to the U.S. exporting community.

Howard often contributes political and policy commentary to various leading TV, print, and radio media. His appearances include op-eds in Fortune, Forbes and The Daily Caller; guest slots on CNN and POTUS Politics; and commentary in The Washington Post and CNN. He also co-leads Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies’ political series and podcast, which provides analysis and insight on political and policy developments in Washington.

He earned his law degree from George Washington University Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in history, with distinction, from the University of Michigan.

Experience

News

Happy New Year from Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies

January 01, 2018

Howard Schweitzer and Mark Alderman look back at 2017 and highlight a few of the ways it was year of change for Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies.

Trump Agenda In Focus: Can CEOs Remain Confident?

June 06, 2017

Howard Schweitzer, managing partner of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discusses Trump's agenda on CNBC.

Trump's Outlook Going From Bad to Worse

March 30, 2017

Howard Schweitzer, managing partner of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discusses Trump's outlook on CNN.

Here are 5 things President Trump can't change [The Hill]

February 02, 2017

Mark Alderman, chairman, and Howard Schweitzer, managing partner, of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies published an op-ed in The Hill, “Here are 5 things President Trump can't change,” regarding irrevocable tenets of DC.

Donald Trump's Early Crisis [CNN]

January 31, 2017

Howard Schweitzer, managing partner of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, was quoted in an article on CNN.com, “Donald Trump's early crisis,” about the recent immigration executive order and the dismissal of acting attorney general Sally Yates.

The Real Reason Booker Testified Against Sessions [Fox Business]

January 11, 2017

Howard Schweitzer, managing partner of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, was quoted in a Fox Business article titled “Senate Showdown: The Real Reason Cory Booker Testified Against Jeff Sessions.”

Possible Conflicts of Interest for a Trump Key Advisory Appointee [CNN]

December 22, 2016

Howard Schweitzer, Cozen O'Connor's Public Strategies, appeared on CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow to discuss the president-elect's appointment of billionaire investor Carl Icahn to a key advisory position.

Trump Cutting Business Ties More than Unlikey [Fox Business]

December 16, 2016

Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O’Connor’s Public Strategies, was quoted in an article titled “What Democrats Don’t Understand about Trump and His Assets.”

Concerns about Trump’s Pick for Secretary of State

December 13, 2016

Howard Schweitzer was featured on CNNI’s “CNN Today” to speak about the Trump transition and the president-elect’s latest selections for his cabinet.

Howard Schweitzer Quoted by Business Insurance on Dodd-Frank Legislation

December 06, 2016

Howard Schweitzer was featured in a Business Insurance article, "Dodd-Frank changes likely under Trump.”

A Deep Dive into Trump's Presidential Transition Process [CCTV News]

November 21, 2016

Howard Schweitzer appeared on CCTV News’ “World Insight” to discuss the transition into a Trump presidency.

Donald Trump’s Team of Bitter Rivals [CNN]

November 16, 2016

Howard Schweitzer was featured in a CNN article, "Donald Trump’s team of bitter rivals.”

A Look at the Complexities of the Presidential Transition Process [CNN]

November 15, 2016

Howard Schweitzer appeared on “CNN Newsroom” with Brooke Baldwin to discuss President-elect Trump’s transition into the White House, as well as his possible administration picks.

Howard Schweitzer Quoted by CNN on Trump's National Security Approach

November 11, 2016

Howard Schweitzer comments on the president-elect's potential national security policy and team.

Pa. Firm Leaders: Election Will Increase Firm Work, but How?

November 10, 2016

Michael Heller and Howard Schweitzer both discuss how the election will increase firm work in The Legal Intelligencer.

Transition Team and Planning Key to President-Elect Trump's Success

November 10, 2016

Howard Schweitzer discusses President-Elect Trump's transition team with Sirius XM's Arlene Bynon.

Howard Schweitzer Offers Reaction to Philadelphia Business Journal about Trump's Victory

November 09, 2016

Howard Schweitzer offers his reaction to the Philadelphia Business Journal about Trump's victory.

Bureaucracy, Congress and Other Presidential Obligations Not Suited for Trump [SiriusXM’s POTUS Channel]

August 31, 2016

Howard Schweitzer joined the Michael Smerconish Program on SiriusXM’s POTUS Channel to discuss whether Donald Trump genuinely wants to be president, and if he were to win the election, how would he really tackle the job.

Trump Wants the POTUS Job Title But Not the Actual Job [CNN]

August 30, 2016

Howard Schweitzer appeared on CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin to discuss his recently published op-ed in Politico, "7 Reasons Why Trump Would Hate Being President."

Convention Impressions and Trump's Long-Term Effect on the Republican Party [OZY on Facebook LIVE]

July 20, 2016

Howard Schweitzer and Mark Alderman share their perspective on the Republican convention and comment on the candidates' strategies.

Trump: The Most Unconventional Candidate at a Modern Day Convention

July 20, 2016

Howard Schweitzer discusses his impressions in Cleveland on day two of the convention and discusses Trump's candidacy with Haus Rules radio show.

Trump Further Disgruntles Wall Street with Latest Policy Proposal [Washington Post]

July 19, 2016

Howard Schweitzer discusses the inclusion of the historically anti-Wall Street 1933 Glass-Steagall Act in the GOP platform with the Washington Post.

Howard Schweitzer Discusses the U.S. State Department Report on POTUS Politics

June 01, 2016

Howard Schweitzer discusses the most recent U.S. State Department report about Hillary Clinton’s emails on POTUS Politics radio show.

Howard Schweitzer Says Clinton Emails Are Wholly Different Than Predecessors

May 31, 2016

Howard Schweitzer, managing partner of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, discusses the latest developments regarding Hillary’s emails.

Howard Schweitzer Discusses the Latest Obamacare Ruling and Trump Research on Newsmax Prime

May 12, 2016

Howard Schweitzer discusses the latest ruling on Obamacare and The Washington Post's research on Donald Trump on Newsmax Prime.

Howard Schweitzer Discusses Indiana’s Primary Race

May 02, 2016

Howard Schweitzer discusses the Republican presidential primary race in Indiana on the Fort Wayne Morning News radio program.

Cozen O’Connor’s Health Care and Public Strategies Groups Featured in Legal Bisnow

March 07, 2013

Attorneys Mark Alderman, Mark Gallant, Colin Roskey and Howard Schweitzer are highlighted in this article on Cozen O'Connor's growth in the Health Law and Public Strategies Groups.

Alderman, Schweitzer, Bayh on the Infrastructure Bank the U.S. Already Has in The Washington Post

September 30, 2011

Alderman, Schweitzer, Bayh on the Infrastructure Bank the U.S. Already Has in The Washington Post

Cozen O'Connor's Howard Schweitzer Featured on "Sqwak on the Street"

August 09, 2011

Cozen O'Connor's Howard Schweitzer Featured on "Sqwak on the Street"

Cozen O'Connor's Mark Alderman, Robert Freeman and Howard Schweitzer Discuss S&P Downgrade on Philly.com

August 09, 2011

Cozen O'Connor's Mark Alderman, Robert Freeman and Howard Schweitzer Discuss S&P Downgrade on Philly.com

Publications

The Beltway Briefing – Latest Trump Administration & Congress News, 2020 Primaries & Predictions

February 21, 2019

On our second Beltway Briefing of the new year, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, and Kaitlyn Martin discussed the latest news from the Trump Administration and the 116th Congress, broke down the most recent developments in the 2020 primaries (which seem to be in full force!), and predicted what we could expect in the months ahead.

The Beltway Briefing – New Year, New Congress, Same Government Shutdown

January 09, 2019

On our first Beltway Briefing of the new year, Howard Schweitzer, Blake Rutherford, and Kaitlyn Martin discuss where Washington stands on Day 19 of this partial government shutdown (with seemingly no end in sight), what bipartisan legislation might look like from the new 116th Congress, and how the Democratic presidential politics of 2020 are beginning to shape up.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections - Post Election: Where Are We Now

November 08, 2018

On our final episode of The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections, Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer, and Blake Rutherford analyze Tuesday’s election results with a view toward how the outcomes will impact policymaking in Washington heading into 2019. The team also discusses the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and look forward to what the 2020 presidential election may bring.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Live Election Day Edition

November 06, 2018

On today’s special, live election day edition of our Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford give their final predictions and analysis before polls close.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Less Than a Week to Go

October 31, 2018

On this week’s (Halloween!) edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer, and Blake Rutherford discuss the state of the midterms with less than 7 days until the ballots are counted.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections - Special General Election Edition

October 30, 2018

On this podcast, Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies Managing Partner Howard Schweitzer and Former Virginia Attorney General and member of the Cozen O’Connor State AG group Jerry Kilgore join Blake Rutherford to discuss the highlights of key incumbent and open seat races in the 31 State AG elections in 2018.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – 19 Days Left

October 17, 2018

On this week’s edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Howard Schweitzer, Blake Rutherford, Kaitlyn Martin, and Hope Sheils discuss the state of the midterms with only 19 days left to go.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Kavanaugh is In, What’s Next?

October 11, 2018

On this week’s edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterms podcast, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford discuss fresh polling numbers and campaign messaging in the wake of the Kavanaugh nomination.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Kavanaugh, Midterms and Millennials

October 03, 2018

On this week’s edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Kaitlyn Martin discuss the continuing controversy surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and what it means for the midterm elections.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Rosenstein Revelations, This Week’s Brett Kavanaugh Hearings, and Midterm Analysis

September 24, 2018

On this week’s call, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, and Kaitlyn Martin discuss the breaking news surrounding Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in light of revelations he’s discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office, the ongoing news surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, and the lens through which voters may view this ongoing “chaos in Washington” heading into November.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – SCOTUS, Tariffs, and November Impacts

September 18, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford discussed the uncertain path forward with Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and the Trump Administrations’ new round of tariffs on China – and the ways these issues could influence the midterm elections. Howard, Mark and Blake also examined the latest polling and fundraising data in key Senate, House, and Governor’s races.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Is a Blue Wave Coming?

September 13, 2018

It’s 53 days until the midterms, and with seemingly every day bringing new breaking news about the president, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic Strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden presidential transition team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford had a lot to discuss.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Two Months to November

August 29, 2018

With a little over two months to go before the midterm election, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer and Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman discuss some of their predictions for November and analyze several highly-watched races that could tip the balance of power in Washington.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Special Pennsylvania Politics Edition

August 22, 2018

On this special edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Howard Schweitzer, CPS’s managing partner, interviews Jim Davis, director of our Pennsylvania Public Strategies practice, about the current political climate in Pennsylvania.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Special New York Politics Edition

August 15, 2018

On this special edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections call, Howard Schweitzer, CPS’s Managing Partner, interviews Katie Schwab, Rose Christ and Ken Fisher of our New York City office about the current political climate in New York, the recent activism we’ve been seeing by the City Council and Mayor’s Office – particularly as it relates to the “disruptors” like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb – and the team’s thoughts on the closely-watched Governor and State Attorneys General races in New York.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – The Midterm Impacts of Trump’s Trade, Immigration & Health Care Policies

July 24, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford analyzed the impacts President Trump’s trade, immigration and health care policies are likely to have on local races this November.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections: Fallout from Helsinki, Nomination of Kavanaugh & November Impact

July 18, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford discussed the fallout from President Trump’s meeting this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, reaction to Trump’s nomination of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, and the ways these issues and more could move voters in November.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – A Focus on the Senate Map

June 14, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford break down the top U.S. Senate races to watch and began making their predictions for November.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Super Tuesday

June 05, 2018

The Super Tuesday of 2018 has arrived and today, voters in eight states go to the polls to cast votes in highly watched primary elections.

The Beltway Briefing – Welcome, Senator Evan Bayh

May 17, 2018

On today’s call, we welcomed a special guest – former two-term U.S. Senator and Governor of Indiana Evan Bayh, who recently joined Cozen O’Connor and Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies. Joining Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford, Senator Bayh shared insights from his time serving on the Senate Intelligence Committee and underscored his support for the confirmation of Gina Haspel as the next Director of the CIA. The conversation touched on the Trump administration’s impact on international affairs, as well as the economy.

The Beltway Briefing - Charting the Changing Personnel Dynamics within the Trump White House

April 05, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford walk through the ever-changing personnel dynamics within the Trump White House, including who’s left from the president’s original cabinet and West Wing staff, who’s new, and why it matters for future policy decisions.

President Proposes Boost to Maritime Infrastructure Investment [Public Strategies Alert]

March 01, 2018

Howard Schweitzer, Robert Freeman, and Jeff Vogel discuss the president's "Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America."

Beltway Briefing: February 26

February 26, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford discuss the politics of the day including the potential for Congress to pass meaningful gun control and immigration reform measures, redistricting in Pennsylvania, and the White House’s recently-released infrastructure proposal – all against the backdrop of the 2018 Midterm elections.

The White House’s Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America [Public Strategies Alert]

February 15, 2018

Howard Schweitzer and Rob Freeman discusses the Trump administration’s highly anticipated “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America,” a 53-page document highlighting the White House’s core principles for rebuilding and revitalizing the nation’s aging infrastructure.

The Beltway Briefing – The State of the State of the Union

February 07, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford share reactions from last week’s State of the Union Address, explore the likelihood of a government shutdown and analyze the outlook for the 2018 Midterm elections.

The Beltway Briefing – Welcome to 2018

January 11, 2018

On our first call of the new year, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford dive into the impact of passage of last year’s sweeping tax reform bill, the prospects for reaching a bipartisan deal on DACA, the impending threat of a government shutdown, and what this all means for the 2018 Midterm elections.

The Beltway Briefing – Analyzing Congress’s Year-End Agenda

December 06, 2017

GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford break down Congress’ busy year-end agenda as we head into the final month of the year.

The Beltway Briefing – Breaking Down the Results of Tuesday Night’s Elections

November 09, 2017

Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford debrief on the results of Tuesday's gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey and analyze what it means for Washington.

The Beltway Briefing – How Will the News of Today Shape 2018 Midterms & the VA Gubernatorial Race?

October 30, 2017

Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford discuss the upcoming race for Governor in Virginia.

The Beltway Briefing – What’s New in the Trump Administration and on Capitol Hill?

October 11, 2017

Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford discuss recent developments in the Trump administration and on Capitol Hill, including prospects for tax reform in our current legislative landscape.

Congressional Hearing: The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Unconstitutional Design [Hot Button Blog]

April 07, 2017

House Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations March 21st, 2017 Witnesses: The Honorable Theodore Olson, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Professor Saikrishna Prakash, James Monroe Distinguished Professor, University of Virginia School of...

Special Policy Briefing: Tax Reform [Hot Button Blog]

March 30, 2017

On Tuesday, March 28, Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies hosted a special briefing on the prospects and impending efforts surrounding tax reform in Washington, D.C. I was joined by Dawn O’Donnell, former tax counsel to the Senate Finance Committee, who we have formed a partnership with to help clients...

Beltway Briefing: Special Tax Policy Briefing

March 30, 2017

Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the recent developments in politics and policy in Washington, D.C.

Beltway Briefing: March 21

March 27, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the recent developments in politics and policy in D.C.

Beltway Briefing: Agenda for Remaining First 100 Days

March 21, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the recent developments in politics and policy in D.C.

House Judiciary Committee Hearing: The Department of Homeland Security’s Proposed Regulations Reforming the Investor Visa Program [Hot Button Blog]

March 10, 2017

March 8, 2017 Panel One Witnesses: Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), President Pro Tempore Panel Two Witnesses: Rebecca Gambler, Homeland Security and Justice Team, U.S.  Government Accountability Office Sam Walls...

Cozen O'Connor Policy Progress Amidst Chaos? [Hot Button Blog]

March 08, 2017

Listen to the latest episode of our podcast, the Beltway Briefing, to hear our take on the latest developments in DC - Presidential Twitter habits, White House functionality, and the emerging debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act....

Emergence of the Presidential President Trump

March 01, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss President Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress.

Beltway Briefing: Efforts to Right the Ship

February 27, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the recent developments in politics and policy in D.C.

Beltway Briefing: Administration Growing Pains

February 15, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the recent developments in politics and policy in DC.

Five Washington Realities for President Trump’s Consideration

February 08, 2017

Last week, we published an op-ed, “Here are Five things President Trump can't change,” in The Hill discussing long-established and irrevocable rules of how D.C. works that Trump and his team need to factor into their thought process to advance the administration’s agenda.

Beltway Briefing: White House Dynamics

February 07, 2017

Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the major events that have happened in politics.

Beltway Briefing: The Trump Administration Takes Off

January 31, 2017

Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies discuss the first two weeks of new political order in DC and the policy priorities at the top of the agenda.

Speaker Ryan Address Congressional Republican Agenda with Politico [Hot Button Blog]

January 30, 2017

On January 27th, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan sat down with Politico Playbook to outline Congressional Republicans’ policy agenda. Following the Republican retreat in Philadelphia, which featured a speech from the new president, and a flurry of executive orders, Paul Ryan launched what he called...

The Beltway Briefing: Inauguration Debrief

January 24, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Howard Schweitzer, and Kevin Washo, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President.

The Beltway Briefing: Inauguration Preview

January 19, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, give a preview of Donald Trump's Inauguration.

11 Rules of the Road for Advancing Your Cause in the New D.C. Order

January 16, 2017

Listen carefully to Trump’s message — power back to the people, job growth, and questioning the status quo — and wrap your message in those contexts.

The Beltway Briefing: Trump Transition to Administration

January 10, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer give an update on the transition to the administration of Donald Trump and how this effects business and the political climate.

Welcome to 2017 – Transition Homestretch & GOP 2017 Legislative Agenda [Hot Button Blog]

January 05, 2017

Trump Transition's Homestretch President-elect Trump has only a few Cabinet seats remaining to fill as the confirmation proceedings of those already chosen will kick into gear with the convening of the new Congress today. There are still several gaps in the president-elect's West Wing...

A Teachable Moment for House Republicans [CNN]

January 04, 2017

Howard Schweitzer, managing partner of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, published an article on CNN about the House Republicans reversing their decision to reform the Office of Congressional Ethics.

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: Trump Transition Update

December 12, 2016

Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, Howard Schweitzer, Jim Schultz analyzed the candidates' performance and impact on the remaining 29 critical days of the race.

Post-Election Projections [Hot Button Blog]

November 09, 2016

I recently shared my reaction to how President-Elect Donald Trump may govern with the Philadelphia Business Journal in a post-election piece, "Greater Philadelphia business leaders react to Trump's victory." I said that the country can expect substantial shifts in policy "from health care to energy...

Donald Trump's Deal Of A Lifetime [Forbes]

October 13, 2016

Howard Schweitzer, managing partner of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, published an op-ed in Forbes, “Donald Trump's Deal Of A Lifetime,” about the relationship between business and government.

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: Second Presidential Debate Analysis

October 10, 2016

Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, Howard Schweitzer, Jim Schultz analyzed the candidates' performance and impact on the remaining 29 critical days of the race.

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: VP Debate and One-Month Countdown

October 05, 2016

Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer discussed the VP debate and state of the race with a little more than one month left in this election season.

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: First Debate Analysis

September 27, 2016

Following the first debate, Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer and Blake Rutherford analyzed the candidates' performance and discussed next steps on the campaign trail.

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: The Race Tightens

September 22, 2016

Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer and Blake Rutherford discussed the current status of both campaigns and previewed the first presidential debate.

A Turning Point on Substance for Trump? [Hot Button Blog]

September 12, 2016

On August 31, Trump delivered a campaign-defining speech on immigration. In the past, Trump’s speeches and interviews have mostly consisted of easily digestible phrases that leave no room for fleshing out substantive policy proposals. He has boiled complicated issues down to good and bad, tremendous...

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: Two-Month Countdown to Election Day

September 09, 2016

With the 2016 presidential election only two months away, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer discussed the effects of the summer's developments on both campaigns.

7 Reasons Why Trump Would Hate Being President [Politico] [Hot Button Blog]

August 30, 2016

In an op-ed "7 Reasons Why Trump Would Hate Being President" published byPolitico Magazine, Howard Schweitzer, managing partner of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, writes about how Donald Trump may actually feel about the duties and restrictions of being POTUS. There have been various conjectures...

7 Reasons Why Trump Would Hate Being President [Politico]

August 30, 2016

Howard Schweitzer writes about how Donald Trump may actually feel about the duties and restrictions of being POTUS.

Road to the Oval Office: Live at the DNC – Day Four/July 28

July 28, 2016

Live from Philadelphia, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer recap President Obama's speech and discuss Hillary Clinton's speech on the last evening of the DNC (July 28).

Road to the Oval Office: Live at the DNC – Day Three/July 27

July 27, 2016

Live from Philadelphia, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer discuss Bernie Sanders' official endorsement and President Clinton's speech from the previous evening. They also preview day three of the DNC (July 27).

Road to the Oval Office: Live at the DNC – Day Two/July 26

July 26, 2016

Live from Philadelphia, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer recap Michelle Obama's speech and provide an update on developments they foresee unfolding on day two of the Democratic National Convention (July 26).

Road to the Oval Office: Live at the DNC – Day One/July 25

July 25, 2016

Live from Philadelphia, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer recap the RNC and provide an update on developments they foresee unfolding on day one of the Democratic National Convention (July 25).

Road to the Oval Office: Live at the RNC – July 19

July 19, 2016

Live from Cleveland, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Jim Schultz provide an update on developments unfolding at the Republican National Convention.

Road to the Oval Office: Conventions Preview – July 13

July 13, 2016

Mark, Howard, and Blake preview the RNC and DNC and discuss how they see the conventions unfolding.

2016 Presidential Prognostications & Insights: The California Primary

June 08, 2016

Mark, Howard, and Blake discuss the results of the California primary.

2016 Presidential Prognostications & Insights: The Democratic Race Winds Down

May 24, 2016

Mark, Howard and Blake discuss the state of the Democratic race. Also, Bernie Nash and Lori Kalani, co-chairs of Cozen O'Connor's State AG practice, discuss the State AG races.

Donald Trump’s Incoherent Positions are Part of His Master Plan [Fortune]

May 13, 2016

Mark Alderman and Howard Schweitzer discuss Donald Trump's unpredictability as a political strategy in Fortune.

2016 Presidential Prognostications & Insights: The Presumptive Nominees

May 10, 2016

Mark, Howard and Blake discuss the presumptive nomination of Donald Trump, the Veepstakes, and the impact of a prolonged primary on the Democrats.

Sealing the Deal: Imagining a Trump Transition [The Daily Caller]

May 03, 2016

Howard Schweitzer discusses the importance of building an experienced transition team within the Trump campaign in The Daily Caller.

2016 Presidential Prognostications & Insights: PA Primary Recap

April 27, 2016

Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer and Blake Rutherford discuss the Pennsylvania presidential primary results and other key state races for Senate, Attorney General and more.

The Role of Cyber Insurance in Risk Management [Hot Button Blog]

April 07, 2016

The House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies recently held a hearing on The Role of Cyber Insurance in Risk Management. The witnesses were Matthew McCabe, a Senior Advisory Specialist for cyber insurance at Marsh FINPRO,...

Paul Ryan's Plan to Expand Opportunities [Hot Button Blog]

March 29, 2016

One of the ways in which Speaker Ryan’s agenda has differed from conventional Republican legislative priorities is in his focus on fighting poverty and expanding opportunity. He believes that conservative policies can help the poor and middle class, and he sees this platform as an important way to...

House Subcommittee Examines the Role of Cyber Insurance [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

March 23, 2016

On March 22, the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies held a hearing on The Role of Cyber Insurance in Risk Management. The witnesses were Matthew McCabe, a Senior Advisory Specialist for cyber insurance at...

Global Tax Environment in 2016 and Implications for International Tax Reform [Hot Button Blog]

March 04, 2016

International corporate tax reform has become a salient issue recently due in part to numerous high-profile corporate inversions, most recently the merger between Johnson Controls and Ireland-based Tyco International. Inversions occur when a corporation relocates to a lower-tax nation by having a...

House Politics and the Paul Ryan Speakership [Law 360]

March 02, 2016

Howard Schweitzer and Rob Freeman discuss Paul Ryan's work as speaker of the house and challenges he is likely to encounter in the coming weeks.

House Politics and the Paul Ryan Speakership [Hot Button Blog]

February 29, 2016

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) was recently elected to be the youngest Speaker of the House in 150 years. Although young, he has had significant leadership experience, including chairing the powerful Budget and Ways and Means Committees. He is well-liked across the Republican Caucus, but faces...

Every Word Matters 10/23/2013 [Hot Button Blog]

October 23, 2013

Every word should matter, but in today's media frenzy, the most important policymakers' words often get lost or distorted. Here's our daily, unfiltered roundup of the most important tweets by those shaping policy today, straight from them in 140 characters or less. [View the story "Every Word...

Every Word Matters - 10/21/13 [Hot Button Blog]

October 21, 2013

Every word should matter, but in today's media frenzy, the most important policymakers' words often get lost or distorted. Here's our daily, unfiltered roundup of the most important tweets by those shaping policy today, straight from them in 140 characters or less. [View the story "Every Word...

Every Word Matters 10/16/13 [Hot Button Blog]

October 16, 2013

Every word should matter, but in today's media frenzy, the most important policymakers' words often get lost or distorted. Here's our daily, unfiltered roundup of the most important tweets by those shaping policy today, straight from them in 140 characters or less. [View the story " Every Word...

Every Word Matters - 10/11/13 [Hot Button Blog]

October 11, 2013

Every word should matter, but in today's media frenzy, the most important policymakers' words often get lost or distorted. Here's our daily, unfiltered roundup of the most important tweets by those shaping policy today, straight from them in 140 characters or less. [View the story " " on...

Every Word Matters - 10/9/2013 [Hot Button Blog]

October 09, 2013

Every word should matter, but in today's media frenzy, the most important policymakers' words often get lost or distorted. Here's our daily, unfiltered roundup of the most important tweets by those shaping policy today, straight from them in 140 characters or less. [View the story " " on Storify]...

Every Word Matters - 10/8/13 [Hot Button Blog]

October 08, 2013

Every word should matter, but in today's media frenzy, the most important policymakers' words often get lost or distorted. Here's our daily, unfiltered roundup of the most important tweets by those shaping policy today, straight from them in 140 characters or less. [View the story " " on...

Summer 2012 [Business Law Observer]

July 01, 2012

This issue of the Business Law Observer covers several areas of business activity, anticipating problems, and how to deal with them before they become insurmountable, including: Venture Capital, Intellectual Property, Governmental Risks, China Practice and Public and Project Finance.

House Judiciary Hearing Provides Few Answers for ACO Participants [Health Law Alert!]

December 12, 2010

House Judiciary Hearing Provides Few Answers for ACO Participants - Health Law Alert! - At the recent House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the effects of antitrust laws in the heath care industry, testimony relating to accountable care organizations (ACOs) was plentiful, but unrevealing. Industry representatives and federal antitrust enforcers agreed that ACOs have the potential to successfully lower costs and improve quality of care, but government witnesses declined to provide a roadmap as to how ACOs may avoid running afoul of the antitrust laws.

Fall 2010 [Business Law Observer]

November 23, 2010

Fall 2010 - Business Law Observer - Since our Spring 2010 Observer was published, significant new legislation has been enacted
by Congress, affecting tax planning and securities transactions, among other areas. We have summarized two of the new acts, in addition to a review of existing legislation as it affects doing business abroad. Imbedded in the Health Care Act is a new provision in the Internal Revenue Code, codifying the “economic substance doctrine.”

The first U.S. chief operating officer? [Washington Post]

November 05, 2010

The first U.S. chief operating officer? - Washington Post - Mark Alderman and Howard Schweitzer, along with former Senator Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), call for a new, statutory position in the White House in their Washington Post opinion piece, “The First U.S. Chief Operating Officer?”

Policy Progress Amidst Chaos

January 01, 1900

Blake Rutherford, Kevin Washo, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the events that have unfolded since the president's speech to the joint session of Congress.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2019 Richmond Subrogation Seminar

October 16, 2019 - Richmond, VA

Beltway Briefing: February 21

February 21, 2019 - Conference Call/Podcast

The Beltway Briefing: New Year, New Congress

January 09, 2019 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections Call

July 18, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing Our Next Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections

June 26, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections

June 14, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: May 17

May 17, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Policy Spotlight Call: The Politics and Policy of Cannabis

April 25, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: April 5

April 05, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: March 14 2018

March 14, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: February 26

February 26, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: January 11

January 11, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

2017 Health Law Year In Review

December 06, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Beltway Briefing: December 5

December 05, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: 2017 Gubernatorial Elections in VA and NJ

November 09, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: October 26

October 26, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: October 11

October 11, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: June 13

June 13, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

PBI Public Utility Law Conference

May 31, 2017 - Harrisburg, PA

Beltway Briefing: First 100 Days Evaluation

May 02, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

EB-5 Legislative Update

May 01, 2017 - Webinar

Beltway Briefing: Three Months with President Trump

April 20, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: March 28

March 28, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: March 21

March 21, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: March 14

March 14, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: March 7

March 07, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: March 1

March 01, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: February 23

February 23, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: February 15

February 15, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: February 7

February 07, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: The Trump Administration Takes Off

January 31, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: Welcome President Trump

January 24, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: Inauguration Preview

January 19, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

The Beltway Briefing: Trump Transition to Administration

January 10, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Trump Transition Update Call - Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies

December 12, 2016 - Conference Call/Podcast

Road to the Oval Office Comes to an End: Election Results

November 10, 2016 - Conference Call/Podcast

Road to the Oval Office: Live 2016 Election Outlook

November 03, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: Third Presidential Debate Analysis

October 20, 2016 - Conference Call/Podcast

Road to the Oval Office: VP Debate Analysis and One-Month Countdown

October 05, 2016 - Conference Call/Podcast

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: First Debate Analysis

September 27, 2016 - Conference Call/Podcast

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: The Race Tightens

September 22, 2016 - Conference Call/Podcast

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: Two-Month Countdown to Election Day

September 09, 2016 - Conference Call/Podcast

2016 Election Prognostications and Insights: June 8

June 08, 2016 - Conference Call

2016 Election Prognostications and Insights: April 6

April 06, 2016 - Conference Call

2016 Presidential Election Prognostications and Insights

February 11, 2016 - Conference Call

Election Prognostications & Insights

February 03, 2016 - Toll-Free Conference Call

The 2014 ACC Annual Meeting

October 28, 2014 - New Orleans, LA

National Elections Amidst Increasing Uncertainty

September 27, 2012 - via Teleconference

Philly I-Day: Philly All Industry Day

April 08, 2011 - Philadelphia, PA

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1995
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1991
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey