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Bill Hughes

Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)

Bill Hughes is a veteran of Capitol Hill and serves as RILA's top federal lobbyist. Prior to joining RILA, Hughes served as Chief of Staff to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). In that capacity he served as the Senator's top advisor on all strategic and legislative matters. Before serving as Sen. Hutchison's Chief of staff, Hughes served as a Senior Manager for Government Relations for General Electric. Prior to that, Hughes was the Republican Staff Director for Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee from 2008 to 2009, and Staff Director for the Republican Policy Committee from 2007 to 2008.

From 1999 to 2006 Hughes worked for House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL), serving as Policy Director beginning in 2001. In that capacity, Hughes was the primary liaison for the Speaker to House and Senate Leadership and the Administration on policy issues.

Earlier in his career, Hughes worked for the Senate Budget Committee, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and the House Committee Transportation and Infrastructure.


Biography last updated March 20, 2013