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    Biography

    Gil White builds strong relationships to support everything he does. His ability to communicate across party lines combined with his ability to customize action plans to suit client needs sets him apart. He quickly adapts to changing conditions and keeps clients updated on progress in real time. White’s 14 years serving as an elected member of the West Virginia State Legislature and his experience as the political liaison to then Governor, now United States Senator, Joe Manchin III provide invaluable knowledge and relationships. He has developed and executed legislative strategies for West Virginia state agencies and departments and lobbied for the passage of bills on a wide range of topics from economic development to environmental and energy concerns. White frequently writes for news outlets within the state and authors the Steptoe & Johnson West Virginia Legislative Brief, a weekly digest of happenings in the West Virginia Legislature. Along with members of the firm’s Government Relations & Lobbying team, White assists clients in advocacy, appropriations, bill drafting, monitoring and lobbying, fundraising, state government procurement, issue management, Political Action Committees,  strategic planning, and communications.

     

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    Memberships & Awards

    Professional
    Former seven-term member, West Virginia State Legislature
    Former member, West Virginia State Ethics Commission
    Minority Chair, House Banking and Insurance Committee, West Virginia State Legislature
    Member, House Finance Committee, West Virginia State Legislature
    Member, Political Subdivisions Committee, West Virginia State Legislature
    American Council of Young Political Leaders

    Key Experience

    Maneuver legislation through the mine fields of the legislative process
    Developed and executed legislative strategies for various West Virginia state agencies and departments
    Guided and maneuvered the Governor's legislative agenda through the West Virginia Legislature and interim committee process

    Work Experience

    2010 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2007-2010 Legislative Liaison to Joe Manchin III, Governor of West Virginia
    1987-present Vice President, Paull Associates Insurance/Real Estate

    Speaking Engagements

    “National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in West Virginia,” WVFA Mountain State Forestry, Winter 2018-2019

    "Survey: Small Business Optimism Strong," The Herald-Dispatch, January 10, 2019

    “New Survey Says Now is a Good Time to Expand Your Business,” The State Journal, March 12, 2018

    “Tax Reform Especially Crucial for Small Businesses,” The Intelligencer, November 26, 2017

    Panel, "Navigating the Political Landscape for Government," National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers, Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, August 2017

    "Change Will Benefit State’s Economy," The Charleston Gazette Mail, February 12, 2016

    "EPA Ignoring Economic Havoc From New Rules," The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register, August 9, 2015

    "New Speaker for the West Virginia House of Delegates," Steptoe & Johnson Government Relations Alert, May 2013

    Author of the Steptoe & Johnson West Virginia Legislative Brief, a weekly digest of happenings in the West Virginia Legislature.