January 19, 2020

Bill O’Conner Joins McLeod, Watkinson & Miller; Climate Issues; Trade; Disaster Payments; Biotechnology; CFTC; and Herbicide Study

Bill O’Conner Joins McLeod, Watkinson & Miller

Long time GOP staff leader of the House Agriculture Committee, Bill O’Conner, retired on March 1, after nearly 30 years of service in a variety of policy roles on both Capitol Hill and at USDA.

O’Conner, who joins the Washington law firm of McLeod, Watkinson & Miller on March 2, began working on the staff of the House Agriculture Committee in 1983 after Rep. Ed Madigan of Illinois became the Ranking Member of the Committee. Prior to joining the Agriculture Committee, O’Conner had worked as the Executive Director of the House Republican Research Committee under the chairmanship of Rep. Madigan.

During his seven years on the Agriculture Committee, O’Conner provided policy analysis and managed legislative operations for Ranking Member Madigan as the Committee developed the 1985 and 1990 Farm Bills, several disaster assistance and crop insurance bills, Farm Credit System reform bills and Commodity Exchange Act reauthorizations. He worked aggressively to enhance the bipartisan nature of the legislative process to attain greater minority influence on legislation.