Longtime Senator Murray Staffer Joins CFM, Expands Federal Advocacy Team


David Hodges, who served on Senator Patty Murray’s staff for the past nine years and most recently as her Southwest Washington Director, has joined CFM, expanding its federal affairs team and the firm’s advocacy capabilities in Southwest Washington.

A Vancouver native and communications graduate from Washington State University, Hodges was responsible for a broad portfolio of federal issues as Senator Murray’s top aide in the region including transportation, economic development, health care, education and matters relating to the Army Corps of Engineers. He also served as the Senator’s lead staffer on critical regional issues such as the I-5 Columbia River Bridge replacement.

“It’s rare to find a person whose expertise, skill set and relationships perfectly align with the mission of a firm,” says Joel Rubin, the CFM partner who leads the federal affairs team.

“At CFM, we strive to help our clients improve the daily lives of residents, make communities safer, expand economic development and provide access to education and health care opportunities,” Rubin says. “That’s what David has been accomplishing for Senator Murray for the last nine years and we couldn’t be more excited to have him join our team.”

"I’m excited about what David brings to CFM and the clients we represent,” says Dale Penn, CFM state affairs partner. "It’s not often you can find such a talented individual with the expertise, relationships and policy chops all in one person. He will complement our team’s comprehensive approach to advocacy and help our clients navigate the complicated federal processes.”

As CFM’s public affairs director, Hodges will provide additional support to CFM’s clients in Oregon and Washington, building off the extensive experience he gained while working in the U.S. Senate for nearly a decade.

“I’m thrilled to become part of the CFM team to continue advocating on behalf of Washington and Pacific Northwest interests. By joining a local firm with clients throughout the Northwest, I’ll continue working to better the communities in the region I call home,” Hodges said.

CFM’s federal lobbying team represents municipalities, transit agencies, ports, higher education clients and the national Bus Coalition. In 2018, CFM helped its clients secure more than $45 million in federal grants and resources, including two BUILD grant awards for the Port of Morrow ($19.4 million) and Marion County ($8.1 million).

Hodges starts work at CFM on January 9, 2019 and can be reached at davidh@cfmpdx.com.