Tess Milio, who has worked as a legislative aide and on legislative campaigns, has joined CFM's state lobby team as it prepares for the 2013 Oregon legislative session that convenes next Monday.
This will be Milio's fourth legislative session in Salem. During the 2011 session, she split time between Reps. Phil Barnhart and Nancy Nathanson, both Eugene Democrats. In 2009, Milio was an intern for Rep. Brent Barton, who is returning to the legislature this term, and in 2007 she worked for Rep. Tobias Read.
Milio came to Oregon in 2005 to attend Willamette University, where she studied political science and art. She is originally from South Pasadena.
"We add a fourth team member during the session to help us cover all the bases for our clients," says CFM partner Dan Jarman. "Tess is a great addition because she already knows how the legislature works and many of the staff people who make it work."
Milio joined the state lobby team in CFM's Portland office as it makes final preparations for the 2013 session that won't fully get underway until February 1.
"I'm thrilled and honored to be part of the CFM team working in the Capitol," Milio says. "It is a chance for me to work with a diverse range of issues and clients, while leveraging the knowledge and skills I have developed in previous sessions."
CFM has provided state lobby services in Oregon since 1990 when the firm was founded. State lobbying remains a core service CFM offers to clients, which include corporations, nonprofits and pubic agencies.
"Our practice reflects our business model," Jarman explains. "We think representing a diverse set of interests gives us a chance to work with and develop rapport with all 90 Oregon lawmakers. The mix of issues also keeps us on our toes and in front of most of the legislative committees."