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Former Congressman Boucher to lead new government strategies practice group

Washington, D.C. (May 18, 2011) – Former Congressman Rick Boucher, who represented the Ninth District of Virginia for 28 years as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, has joined Sidley Austin LLP as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office.  Mr. Boucher will lead Sidley's government strategies practice.

Mr. Boucher was first elected to represent Southwest Virginia in 1982 and served until January 2011. Locally, he was known for his success in funding water, wastewater, telecommunications and other essential infrastructure projects, as well as for his outstanding constituent services.  In Washington, as a member of the House Energy and Commerce and the Judiciary Committees, he carved out an influential role as a bipartisan leader on vital technology, communications, energy and environmental issues.  He served as chairman of the Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee and of the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee.  Mr. Boucher will help unify and expand Sidley's strong public policy efforts under a single government strategies practice group.

Mr. Boucher has been a leading participant in every major telecommunications policy debate over the past 25 years.  A subcommittee that he chaired oversaw the commercialization of the Internet and its transition from a government-owned R&D project, and he authored the 1992 law that permitted the first commercial use of the Internet.  He was one of two founders of the Congressional Internet Caucus, and served as co-chairman of the 170 member group for 15 years.  In the areas of energy and the environment, he helped to craft the clean air amendments of 1990 and was a major participant in the formulation of greenhouse gas control legislation, having worked extensively with business leaders to achieve a legislative balance that garnered the support of the business community. 

"Sidley offers a truly unique opportunity for me to promote the growth of a public policy group that brings together lawyers renowned for their leadership in areas I have focused on for much of my career, such as technology, telecommunications, life sciences, financial services, energy and the environment," said Mr. Boucher. "I am always drawn to excellence and substance, so Sidley was a natural choice for me."

Before he was elected to Congress, Mr. Boucher was a lawyer in private practice for 12 years in New York and in Virginia. He also served seven years in the Virginia Senate. He earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from Roanoke College.   Mr. Boucher is admitted only to the bars of New York and Virginia. His practice in D.C. is limited to developing federal legislative and public policy strategies.

"While my work will be focused outside our region, Amy and I intend to maintain our residence in Abingdon. I will continue the same travel pattern I have had for the past 28 years, spending the work week away with weekends in Abingdon," Boucher said.

Mr. Boucher can be reached at (202) 736-8290 and

Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world's premier full-service law firms, with more than 1600 lawyers practicing in 17 U.S. and international cities, including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Sidley is recognized for service and responsiveness. Sidley received the most first-tier national rankings of any U.S. law firm in the inaugural U.S.News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings for 2010. BTI, a Boston-based research and consulting firm, has named Sidley as one of only three firms to have been in the top ten of the BTI Client Service rankings every year since the inception of those rankings in 2001, and as number one in three of those years.

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