Womble Carlyle’s Laura DeVivo, Jimmy Broughton Launch North Carolina Political Law Blog
November 6, 2012
DeVivo and Broughton are co-authors of Keeping Up with Jones Street, Womble Carlyle’s North Carolina Government Affairs blog. Recent posts deal with patronage jobs (exempt positions), the Coastal Area Management Act and the possibility of tax reform in 2013.
Broughton and DeVivo bring a bipartisan approach and deep roots in North Carolina politics to state-level political advocacy. In August 2012, North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research named both DeVivo and Broughton two of the state’s most effective political advocates in a bi-annual survey of lawmakers, lobbyists and reporters.
Laura DeVivo has more than 12 years of experience working closely in North Carolina’s Legislative and Executive branches. Before joining Womble Carlyle as a Government Affairs Specialist, DeVivo spent four years as Senior Policy Advisor to N.C Speaker of the House Joe Hackney, whom she advised on issues related to the budget, public policy, legislation and political strategy. Previously, she served as an aide to the House Democratic Leader and Director of Legislative Affairs for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. In these capacities, she worked closely with the Governor’s Office, as well as legislators on both sides of the aisle.
Jimmy Broughton joined Womble Carlyle in 2003 after nearly 12 years on the staff of U.S. Senator Jesse Helms. Since joining Womble Carlyle, Broughton has worked on behalf of governmental and corporate clients to advance their agendas at the state and federal level. During the historic 2011 Long Session of the North Carolina General Assembly, Broughton focused on state-level work where he was involved in the passage of key legislation affecting the business and non-profit communities. For example, he worked on behalf of a charter school operator on legislation that lifted the cap on the number of charter schools in North Carolina. Further, he worked on key conservation initiatives affecting land trusts across the state.
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