Ryan Long

Ryan Long is a Principal with BGR Group and works with clients in both the Health and Life Sciences and Commerce Practices. He has vast experience in policy areas including health, trade, technology, and veterans’ affairs. He possesses a rare combination of both policy expertise and superior knowledge of House process and dynamics after two separate tours of service on Capitol Hill.

Ryan previously served as a Principal with BGR Group from 2013 to 2017. He focused primarily on Health and Life Science clients before returning to Capitol Hill to lead the Republican staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He then served as Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel to the Speaker where his portfolio included health, technology, and trade policy.

Ryan also served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee from 2004 to 2013 as the FDA Counsel and then as Chief Health Counsel. Prior to that he served as a Legislative Correspondent for former Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA) and for former Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) from 1999-2004, first as a Legislative Assistant then as his Legislative Director.

Syd Terry

Syd Terry serves as a Vice President with BGR’s Commerce and Infrastructure Practice. He helps clients navigate issues ranging from telecommunications, consumer protections, auto safety, and competition policy both on Capitol Hill and in the administration, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). He previously served as the Chief of Staff for Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) where he led all legislative, policy, communications, and constituent services strategies for Rep. Schakowsky including her work as a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and as a Member on the House Energy & Commerce Committee and House Budget Committee. He first joined Rep. Schakowsky’s office in 2019 and led her policy work on the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce. In that role he coordinated policy relating to interstate and foreign commerce, including all trade matters within the jurisdiction of the full committee; consumer protection; regulation of commercial practices; and consumer product safety. Syd also served as the Legislative Director for Rep. Schakowsky, advising the Congresswoman on all legislative areas, including energy, and assisted in the development of policy positions and legislative initiatives.

Syd started his Capitol Hill career with Senators Ken Salazar (D-CO) and Carl Levin (D-MI). He worked on the campaigns of Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and then Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), who was elected to the House in 2012 and later served as Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus. Syd joined Pocan’s Congressional office where he served as a Senior Legislative Assistant. In this capacity, he served as the primary labor, energy, and environmental policy staffer for a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

A native of Denver, Colorado, Syd earned his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and did his graduate coursework at the U.S. Army War College. He currently resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Larkin Parker, and their Scottish Terrier, Sargent Pepper.

Steven Pfrang

Steven Pfrang is a Vice President with BGR’s Commerce and Financial Services Practices. Steve assists clients with their advocacy campaigns by leveraging his nearly 20 years of experience in Washington, D.C., working in the public and private sector. He is well known for his ability to combine his knowledge of tax, trade and health care policy issues with his detailed understanding of the political environment to drive policy results through the legislative process.

Most recently Steve served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL), a senior Member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as well as the House Select Committee on China. In his position, Steve was responsible for managing the Congressman’s congressional operations, including all legislative and communications activities. As the Congressman’s primary advisor, Steve also managed the Member’s entire political operation, including the Congressman’s National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) activities.

Prior to his time with Congressman LaHood, Steve served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to a member of the Ways & Means Committee and as a Senior Legislative Assistant to a member of the House Energy & Commerce and the Financial Services Committees.

Steve previously worked on the government affairs staff of a Fortune 100 company where he was responsible for advocacy to advance the company’s retirement policy priorities before the House, Senate and Executive Branch.

Originally from Wisconsin, Steve is an avid Packers fan and active outdoorsman. Steve received his Bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College and his MBA from Lakeland College.

Alex Bedwell

Alex Bedwell is a Policy Analyst at BGR Group in the Commerce and Infrastructure Practice. In this role he assists clients with domestic policy issues, particularly telecommunications, transportation and infrastructure, consumer protection policy, and artificial intelligence. He works closely with BGR Group principals to produce research on policy, legislative activity, and stakeholder companies. Alex is also the Manager of the CAR Coalition, working with members and stakeholders to lower the price of auto repair for consumers.

Alex joined the BGR Government Affairs team in March of 2022 after previously working for two years as an associate and research clerk. Prior to working at BGR Group, Alex worked for Pfizer on their credit risk team and at T.E. Lott & Company, helping clients with business and individual tax return issues.

Alex received his Bachelors of Business Administration in both Finance and Economics from Mississippi State University. While in school, Alex served as Mississippi State’s Student Body Treasurer from 2018-2019, Student Association Senator representing the College of Business, and Chairman of Appropriations. He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and the TVA Investment Panel.

Joel D. Bailey

Joel Bailey, Vice President, started at BGR in September 2021.  Joel works with clients on crafting political, engagement, and policy strategies to achieve their goals. In this role, he regularly represents client interests on Capitol Hill and within the Administration. 

Prior to joining BGR, Joel served for over a decade on Capitol Hill in several Congressional offices. Most recently, Joel served as Chief of Staff to House Committee on Ways and Means Member, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.). There, he managed the Congressman’s political, policy, and whip operations. Before serving as Mr. Panetta’s Chief of Staff, Joel represented the hospitality industry to Congressional Democratic offices as a lobbyist for the National Restaurant Association (NRA).

Earlier in his career, Joel worked for a number of House Members who served on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce primarily focusing on health policy. During this time, Joel worked on the formulation and passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA IV and V), and the Safeguarding America’s Pharmaceuticals Act. 

In each of these roles, Joel regularly worked with Member of Congress, staff, Congressional leadership, and allied outside entities to build coalitions, formulate policy, and execute on strategies to achieve his Members’ or clients’ goals. 

Robin Colwell

Robin Colwell is a Principal with BGR’s Commerce and Infrastructure Practice. She provides clients with strategic insights and skillful advocacy on complex telecommunications, technology, and cybersecurity policy issues. Robin’s wide-ranging experience includes key roles in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government as well as the private sector.

A Florida native and Florida State University alumna, Robin received her law degree from the College of William & Mary School of Law, and first came to Washington as a law clerk to Chief Judge H. Robert Mayer of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  After several years representing mass media, communications, and technology clients in Wiley, Rein & Fielding LLP’s corporate practice, she developed deep expertise and passion for the public policy framework underlying these industries as Legislative Counsel for Senate Commerce Committee members including Senators Tim Scott, Jim DeMint, and Peter G. Fitzgerald, and as Counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee for Tourism, Competitiveness, and Innovation.

Robin next served as Chief of Staff to Commissioner Michael O’Rielly at the Federal Communications Commission, and later returned to the Hill as Chief Counsel to the House Energy & Commerce Committee for Communications and Technology.  As Chief Counsel, Robin collaborated with majority and minority House and Senate Committee members and staff to secure enactment of major legislation including FOSTA/SESTA, protecting victims of online trafficking, and RAY BAUM’s Act, which funded repacking of spectrum following the broadcast incentive auction and included bicameral, bipartisan priorities such as MOBILE NOW and DIG ONCE.

Most recently, Robin served at the National Economic Council as a senior advisor to Director Larry Kudlow, developing Administration policy and leading interagency implementation of priorities including 5G deployment, security, and innovative network architecture; spectrum allocation; rural broadband deployment; data privacy and security; and domestic supply chain security.  She was a key White House leader in the successful 2020 initiative to make a significant allocation of prime mid-band spectrum available to be auctioned in December 2021 for rapid U.S. deployment of commercial 5G networks.

Katie McHenry

Katie McHenry, Senior Government Affairs Coordinator, joined BGR Group in 2007 after three years as a Schedule C political appointee in the George W. Bush Administration. In her current role, she supports the Commerce and Infrastructure Practice with scheduling, event planning, copy editing and other administrative tasks.

From 2003 – 2006, Katie served as a Confidential Assistant at the U.S. Department of Commerce: from 2003 – 2005 in Secretary Donald Evans’s scheduling office, and from 2005 – 2006 in Secretary Carlos Gutierrez’s front office. In these positions, she assisted with managing the secretary’s day-to-day operations, translating documents between English and Spanish, scheduling and administration, and coordinating between the Office of the Secretary and other executive branch agencies.

Currently, Katie serves on the Army Heritage Center Foundation Board in Carlisle, Pa., and on the advisory board of White Coat Waste Project, a watchdog group working to end wasteful taxpayer-funded animal experiments. She also volunteers for the SPCA of Northern Virginia.

A Houston native, Katie graduated in 2003 from Texas A&M University, where she wrote for the student newspaper, The Battalion, and received her B.A. in journalism.

Erskine Wells

Erskine Wells is the President of BGR Group. He joined BGR in 2011 after serving on Capitol Hill for more than a decade. At BGR, Erskine represents clients with interests in defense, telecommunications, transportation, financial services, and appropriations before Congress, the administration, and state and local governments.

Erskine also has extensive experience leading coalitions in Washington. Working with Fortune 50 firm Caterpillar, he was instrumental in the successful launch of the Alliance for American Competitiveness and served as its Executive Director. Collaborating closely with Alliance members Honeywell, Dow, BNSF and UPS, Erskine led efforts to improve freight infrastructure throughout the United States by engaging policy makers at the local, state and federal levels. Through his efforts, the Alliance briefed the White House, Senate and House of Representatives on the role infrastructure plays in economic competitiveness.

Erskine works closely with clients ranging from wireless and hardware manufacturers to national security manufacturers and global shipping companies. Erskine is known as a substantive policy expert with connections throughout government, who quietly delivers results for his clients.  

Prior to joining BGR, Erskine served in the office of Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) in various capacities, including deputy chief of staff and military legislative assistant. Earlier, Erskine managed appropriations accounts for then-Rep. Roger Wicker’s office in the House of Representatives. In these positions, Erskine advised the Senator and Congressman on national security, defense, foreign policy, transportation, financial services and telecommunications, working closely with Committee staff and Administration officials.

During his time on the Hill, Erskine collaborated with the intelligence community and Congressional committees to create and fund the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies at the University of Mississippi, which prepares students for careers in intelligence analysis.

A graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina, Erskine earned his master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College in Newport, R.I. He lives in Northern Virginia.

Sam Teague

Sam Teague is a Senior Policy Analyst at BGR Group, where he works on domestic policy issues with a focus on health care, infrastructure and commerce. He works daily on time-sensitive projects, regularly attends hearings on and off Capitol Hill, and conferences with industry leaders. He works very closely with BGR principals and produces in-depth research on companies, public figures and legislative activity. Sam also produces and distributes weekly updates directly to clients on the issues that impact them. 

He joined the BGR Government Affairs team in December of 2016, after working more than a year as a research clerk at the firm. Prior to joining BGR, Sam performed research for Indian River Advisors, LLC. He also interned at the American Continental Group.

Jerry Strickland

Jerry Strickland is Principal and Texas Director at BGR, where he practices at the federal, state, and local levels. Leading BGR’s Austin office, Jerry helps companies navigate government to effectively position themselves for growth. He has successfully assisted companies in passing legislation at the state and federal levels, navigated rulemakings before agencies, and put his clients in front of frontline decision-makers at all levels of government to succeed.

As part of his work with BGR’s Commerce and State practices, Jerry represents clients in a variety of industries, including oil & gas, semiconductors, cryptocurrency, cybersecurity, transportation, health care, mental health, trade, and waterways. Jerry also serves as the Executive Director of the FABSS Texas Coalition, a coalition of Texas semiconductor manufacturers, which he represents before electricity and natural gas regulators in Texas. 

Prior to joining BGR, Jerry served as Governor Greg Abbott’s appointee to lead the Texas Office of State-Federal Relations, where he ran Texas’s federal affairs office and was lead advisor to the Governor on federal issues. While leading the office, Jerry helped secure billions of dollars in disaster relief funding to Texas to recover from Hurricane Harvey. 

Jerry also served on the Department of Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee, advising the Secretary on issues related to the determination of fair market value and the collection of revenue from energy and mineral resources on federal lands.

Jerry spent nearly 12 years at the Texas Attorney General’s office as then-Attorney General Abbott’s executive advisor, communications director and spokesperson. In this role, Jerry was part of executive leadership addressing EPA, ACA, child support and school finance litigation at every level of the legal system, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prior to his career in public service, Jerry’s career had him at the intersection of government and the media, spending a decade as a news reporter, investigative journalist and news anchor at television stations in Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi. His work has been featured on CNN, CBS News, ABC News and the Weather Channel.