AmyClaire Brusch is a vice president in O’Neill and Associates’ federal relations practice. Ms. Brusch brings significant Capitol Hill and political campaign experience to her role, as well as strong ties to Republican leadership on the federal and state levels.
Before joining O’Neill and Associates, Ms. Brusch served as an aide to Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R-Kansas) in a succession of roles including legislative assistant, appropriations associate staff, legislative director, and deputy chief of staff. Her areas of concentration included appropriations, economic competitiveness, transportation, health care, budget, federal law enforcement, and homeland security.
Ms. Brusch oversaw Congressman Tiahrt’s work on the House Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, HHS, and Education as well as Interior and Environment. Additionally she handled matters related to his position on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Ms. Brusch was also responsible for staffing Congressman Tiahrt’s economic competitiveness agenda, including his role as chairman of the House Economic Competitiveness Caucus, the Jobs Action Team, and the Economic Competitiveness Public Affairs Team.
Prior to this experience, Ms. Brusch acted as legislative correspondent and legislative assistant for the office of Congressman John Boehner (R-Ohio). As such, she was responsible for the Congressman’s judiciary, small business, and veteran issues. She also developed particular expertise in health care and education policies. Additional government experience includes an internship with the office of Governor A. Paul Cellucci and a policy research position for the Board of Selectmen in Belmont, Massachusetts.
Ms. Brusch graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University, earning a bachelor’s degree in history and political science. She obtained a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the United States Naval War College, and is currently pursuing a certificate in public relations from the University of Virginia.
In recent years, Ms. Brusch played significant roles in a number of political campaigns. She was a policy advisor for Todd Tiahrt’s 2010 bid for U.S. Senate and a volunteer in both the Washington D.C. and Boston offices for Scott Brown’s 2010 U.S. Senate campaign. Ms. Brusch also oversaw Mr. Todd Tiahrt’s Ranking Membership on Labor, HHS and Interior Subcommittees as well as the Vice Chairmanship of Transportation appropriations subcommittee. She served as a Marshall for both John McCain’s 2008 and President George W. Bush’s 2004 New Hampshire Primary presidential races. Ms. Brusch currently resides in Washington, DC.