Paul Poteet currently serves as a Managing Director of the Glover Park Group, a leading strategic communications and government relations firm. From 2011 through 2016, Paul served as Senior Policy Advisor and Tax and Trade Counsel to United States Senator John Thune (R-SD), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee.
In his capacity as tax counsel, Paul led Senator Thune’s efforts in support of charitable giving and, specifically, the charitable deduction. In January of 2014, Paul worked on behalf of Senator Thune to gather the signatures of 33 senators on a letter in support of preserving the charitable deduction as part of tax reform. In 2015, Paul led Senator Thune’s efforts with Senator Wyden (D-OR) in drafting, introducing and advancing the Charities Helping Americans Regularly Throughout the Year Act (CHARITY Act). The bipartisan, multifaceted bill was designed to encourage increased charitable giving by making it easier for foundations and other tax-exempt organizations to conduct their charitable mission.
In 2015, Paul led Senator Thune’s efforts as co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee’s Business Income Tax Working Group. Working closely with co-chair Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), the working group issued a thorough report on the options for business tax reform. During his senate tenure, Paul was named by Tax Notes as one of the top 10 tax staffers in Congress.
Prior to joining Senator Thune’s office, Paul served for over five years as Managing Director of Federal Government Relations at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), a trade association representing the U.S. biotechnology sector. Paul also served as Senior Policy Advisor for tax and trade issues to Congressman Wally Herger (R-CA), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. During his tenure as tax advisor to Rep. Herger, Paul worked on the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts, as well as the 2004 American Jobs Creation Act.
Paul holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, an M.A. in Government from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in political science and economics from Louisiana State University where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Paul is a member of the Florida Bar as well as the Florida Bar’s taxation and international law sections.