Ben McMakin served for almost two decades on Capitol Hill as a senior political and legislative advisor to Members of Congress from the Pacific Northwest. Ben uses his comprehensive knowledge of Congress and the legislative process to advance client interests on an array of issues including energy, biofuels, appropriations, transportation, defense and homeland security, and technology.
Mr. McMakin previously served as the Legislative Director for Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the senior Senator from Washington state and a member of the Senate Democratic leadership team. In this position, Mr. McMakin developed and implemented the Senator’s legislative agenda, including her work at Senate Appropriations Committee.
Over his 17 year Capitol Hill career, Mr. McMakin served as Legislative Director for Representative, then Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and as Legislative Director for Representative Mike Kopetski (D-OR). Ben’s experience included extensive work with Members who served on key Congressional committee including the Appropriations Committee in the Senate and the Ways and Means Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee in the House of Representatives.
Mr. McMakin received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Oregon.