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Prominent Shelby, appropriations staffer joins HHQ Ventures

HHQ Ventures this week announced that Hamilton Bloom has joined the boutique advocacy and advisory firm as its vice president.

Bloom, an Alabama native, for the past six years has worked on Capitol Hill in varying capacities for U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) and the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

This includes Bloom from 2019 until earlier this year serving as the Republican staff director and clerk for the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. During his time as the lead GOP staffer on the subcommittee, he oversaw the passage of three funding bills and several supplemental appropriations bills, including the generational CARES Act at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As staff director, Bloom led his team in the negotiations, writing and passage of important funding bills for the Department of Justice, Department of Commerce, NASA and the Office of the United States Trade Representative, among others.

His previous experience also includes having served as Shelby’s legislative assistant and lead staffer for the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Additionally, Bloom handled issues related to workforce development, education and taxes for Alabama’s senior senator.

HHQ is comprised of four partners, including former Congressmen Ben Quayle (R-AZ) and Kevin Yoder (R-KS).

“Hamilton is a tremendous addition to our firm. Hamilton’s knowledge and expertise in the appropriations process in particular will greatly enhance our abilities to provide our clients with guidance in their dealings with the federal government,” stated Quayle.

“The addition of Hamilton to the HHQ team is a huge win for our clients as his experience and connections on Capitol Hill will help us greatly expand our reach and expertise. As HHQ continues its rapid growth and expansion, Hamilton will be instrumental in our firm’s future,” Yoder added.

Bloom graduated from the University of Alabama, where he was student body president.

“It was the honor of a lifetime to work for such giants of public service to solve problems facing constituents across the nation,” Bloom said in a statement. “At HHQ, I look forward to leveraging what I learned during my tenure both in Senator Shelby’s office and while serving the members of the Appropriations Committee to help stakeholders navigate the difficult landscape of the federal government. I believe the experienced and dynamic staff at HHQ is uniquely positioned to help solve issues impacting our nation, and I look forward to joining the team.”

HHQ also counts former Vice President Dan Quayle and Lt. General (Ret.) Emil R. Bedard among its strategic advisors.

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn