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Pitcher joins Bellamy Genn lobbying firm

Bill Pitcher, is joining the government relations practice under the Bellamy Genn Group banner. (Bellamy Genn Group photo)

William Pitcher is joining the government relations practice under the Bellamy Genn Group banner. (Bellamy Genn Group photo)

A longtime Annapolis lobbyist is taking down his shingle to join a new firm.

William Pitcher, who has operated his own lobbying shop for nearly 30 years, is joining forces with the upstart lobbying firm Bellamy Genn.

“With the addition of a respected and experienced attorney and government relations expert, we now have over 120 years of combined governmental and legal skills to call on for our clients,” Lorenzo Bellamy, majority owner and founder of the firm, said in a statement.

The firm rolled out the announcement in advance of its scheduled reception at the Maryland Association of Counties convention in Ocean City, which starts Wednesday.

Pitcher’s name and photo appear on the Bellamy Genn website but the actual transition will take place in September.

The firm was formed in 2017 after Bellamy left Alexander & Cleaver — the first of a number of high profile departures in the last two years — and combined forces with Genn, who had his own firm.

Pitcher, a lawyer who served as chief of staff to Senate President Melvin “Mickey” Steinberg from 1980 to 1984, started his own lobbying firm in 1991. His wife worked at the firm handling human resources issues and ethics compliance. Pitcher eventually brought on his daughter, Julia Pitcher Worcester, who left earlier this year to become the director of state policy and advocacy in Maryland for the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America — also known as PhRMA.

“With Julia joining PhRMA as a regional government relations manager, I decided this was the perfect time in my career to merge with a full-service firm,” Pitcher said in a statement. “After meeting with several firms, it was an easy choice to choose to join the Bellamy Genn Group.”

Susan Pitcher will join her husband at the new firm handling ethic compliance.

Pitcher, according to state ethics filings, represents a number of pharmaceutical and medical interests as well as MillerCoors and the NRA.

“I am pleased to say that our clients will be fully integrated into the Bellamy Genn team,” Pitcher said They are extremely pleased that I chose Bellamy Genn and are looking forward to augmenting their representation with me on the Bellamy Genn team.”

At least one of Pitcher’s clients — the National Rifle Association — may need a new lobbyist. Bellamy and his firm represents Every Town for Gun Safety Action Fund.

The two clients would create a conflict since each opposed the other on several key gun bills in the previous session.

Pitcher said he will continue to represent the NRA until the organization can secure a new lobbyist or until Sept. 1, when he joins the new firm, whichever comes first.

Pitcher is the latest lobbyist to join Bellamy Genn. The firm also includes Luwanda Jenkins and Sarah Peters.

Jenkins most recently was running mate to Richard Madaleno in his unsuccessful bid for governor. She also served in senior and Cabinet-level positions under Democratic former Govs. Martin O’Malley, Parris Glendening and William Donald Schaefer. She also served as chief of staff to the Coppin State University president, chief operating officer of the Greater Baltimore Committee LEADERship program, vice president of community relations and diversity for The Cordish Companies, as well as community relations director for both CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and The Baltimore Sun.

Peters worked as the legislative manager in the Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Transit Administration in the administration of Gov. Larry Hogan.

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