Scott L. Klug

Director, Public Affairs

Overview

Scott Klug is a public affairs director and co-chair of the Federal Public Affairs Practice at the national law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP. The former Congressman represents a broad array of Foley’s clients in Washington and several state capitals. He is also able to draw on 15 years of experience as an Emmy Award-winning television reporter to help clients craft proactive media strategies particularly when faced with crisis management challenges.

For eight years, Mr. Klug represented Madison, Wisconsin in the U.S. Congress, where he developed an expertise in health care, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and energy policy. He maintains strong relationships with key Administration figures, as well as House and Senate leadership.

As the chair of Foley’s Client Service Team, he personally meets with two dozen of the firm’s legal clients per year assessing the firm’s performance and responsiveness. He also serves as the liaison to Foley’s Client Advisory Board which is comprised of 24 general counsels who advise the firm on trends in the legal market and provide feedback on firm initiatives.

Thought Leadership

Mr. Klug was appointed by President Bush to two terms on the President’s Advisory Board on Trade and Policy Negotiations which provides counsel on fast track authority, trade with China and other issues. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2000, 2004 and 2012.

When he stepped down from office in 1998, Mr. Klug also founded a regional magazine and book publishing company.

Prior to his election to Congress, he was an Emmy award-winning reporter/anchor in Washington, D.C., Seattle and Madison. A novelist, his freelance writing has appeared in a number of U.S. newspapers and magazines.

Education

Mr. Klug holds an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Wisconsin, a Master’s in journalism from Northwestern and a B.A. from Lawrence University. He has also been a visiting Nieman lecturer at Marquette University. He was one of the 75 distinguished graduates honored by Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

Affiliations

Mr. Klug is the treasurer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation board; serves on the Board of the Former Members of Congress; and is a member of the Board of Visitors at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

International Experience

A seasoned world traveler, Mr. Klug has served as an election observer in Iraq and led training programs on journalism and political campaigns for the U.S. State Department in a number of countries including Egypt, Venezuela, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.

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