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Top Annapolis lobbying firm adds to its roster

A top Annapolis lobbying firm is beefing up its roster, including the addition of a former longtime state senator.

Perry, White, Ross & Jacobson Thursday announced it has added James “Ed” DeGrange and Brad Frome, who previously served as a senior aide to Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, to the fold.

DeGrange joins the firm as a senior consultant and strategist.

The Anne Arundel County Democrat served from 1999-2019 in the Senate before retiring. During his time in the legislature he was chairman of the subcommittees on the Capital Budget, Public Safety, and Transportation and the Environment. He also served on the Joint Committee on Gaming Oversight and was a member of the state Lottery Commission for eight years prior to joining the General Assembly.

“As a public servant, Ed earned the deep trust of colleagues, staff and constituents, and we are excited that he will continue to share his knowledge and experience,” Tim Perry, a partner in the firm, said in a statement.

Frome joins the firm as a lobbyist after 16 years in state and local government in Prince George’s County. He previously served former County Executive Rushern Baker III and more recently as director of Strategic Operations for Alsobrooks, who was elected in 2018.

“Brad understands the cross section of how government works and how things get done,” said Justin Ross, a partner in the firm, in a statement. “We know Brad will bring the same level of talent and professionalism to our team.”

The new additions join MaeAnna Hassell, who also recently joined Perry White Ross & Jacobson.

Hassell, the former chief of staff to former Prince George’s County Democratic state Sen. Ulysses Currie, will fill the newly created position of strategic partnership manager at the firm.

The firm is one of the top lobbying groups in Annapolis with long list of local and national clients including: Airbnb, Caves Valley Partners, DraftKings and Fanduel, Uber, St. John Proberties, Royal Farms and the Washington Redskins.

Tim Perry, who formerly served as chief of staff to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., is routinely listed among the state’s top lobbyists based on reported earnings.

In State Ethics Commission reports released last week, Perry reported receiving payments of more than $1.16 million between Nov. 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.

Jonas Jacobson, the former deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment and director of the agency’s Waste Management Administration, reported client payments totaling more than $457,000.

Ross, who served as a delegate from Prince George’s County for a decade, and Josh White, a former special assistant to Miller, reported client payments of more than $439,000 and $281,000 respectively.


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