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As one of the leading bipartisan government relations firms our team is consistently ranked among Washington’s best.

Issue Areas

  • Appropriations
  • Budget
  • Healthcare
  • Higher Education
  • Infrastructure
  • Nonprofits
  • Research, Development, and Technology
  • Tax Issues


  • Former House of Representatives Leadership Staff
  • 30+ years successfully representing clients before Congress and the Executive Branch
  • Has advised corporate CEOs and C Suite executives, university presidents, health care system executives, municipal leaders, and non-profit executives
  • Maintains long-term client relationships

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Barbara Sutton

Executive Vice President

Barbara is an Executive Vice President at Cassidy and Associates with over 30 years of combined experience working both in the federal government and in federal government relations. She navigates the intricacies of Congress and across federal agencies, effectively leveraging this experience on behalf of many of the firm’s largest and longest standing clients by successfully identifying creative opportunities and solving problems.

For more than 25 years, Barbara has advised corporate CEOs, university and college presidents, hospital executives, municipalities and leaders of non-profit entities on the implications of federal legislation and related regulatory policy.  She is a firm believer that in order to be an effective lobbyist, one must fully understand the intersection of policy and politics as it relates to a client’s challenge or its strategic planning goals.

Barbara’s accomplishments are grounded in the kind of first-hand experience that comes only from working at the highest level of Congress where she served on the Leadership Staff of former Speaker of the House, Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr. until 1987 when she joined Cassidy and Associates.  Her frequent interaction with nearly every office in the House of Representatives, Senate, the White House and the executive branch agencies has provided her with access to an extensive bipartisan political and legislative network in Washington which she maintains to this day.

A lifelong Red Sox fan, Barbara is a native of Boston and received her B.A. from Trinity College in Washington, DC.