Aug 9, 2011
Jeff Barnhart to Join McGuireWoods Consulting after 21 Years of Public Service
"We are very excited to have Jeff Barnhart join our growing government affairs team in North Carolina," said Harry Kaplan, senior vice president of North Carolina Government Relations. "Jeff has had a remarkable career serving the people of North Carolina and working with businesses and community leaders to grow the economy and expand opportunities for its citizens throughout the State. His experience will be exceedingly valuable to both clients and our North Carolina staff."
Representing Cabarrus County, Barnhart served five terms in the North Carolina General Assembly before relinquishing his seat in 2011. He was most recently co-chair of the House Appropriations Committee and was a strong healthcare proponent earning numerous recognitions from many organizations.
Before his tenure as a House Representative, Barnhart served as a Cabarrus County Commissioner for 10 years. He was also acting County Manager for Cabarrus for eight months and served on the county’s Water & Sewer Authority (six years) and Economic Development Board of Directors (nine years).
"We have long admired Jeff for his accomplishments and service to the citizens of North Carolina," said John Fennebresque, a partner with McGuireWoods LLP. "His arrival to the firm will help expand our healthcare practice and capabilities in North Carolina."
In addition to his public sector experience, Rep. Barnhart is a former small business owner who also possesses significant private sector experience. He recently stepped down from his position as CEO of Cabarrus Community Health Centers, Inc. after three years at the helm, and also spent 10 years with IBM working in a number of different capacities from engineering to marketing to management.
Rep. Barnhart served for four years (1978-1982) in the United States Air Force where he earned the Air Force Commendation Medal. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University.
"I'm very excited for the opportunity to join such a well respected firm with a great team of professionals across the country," said Barnhart. "In addition to the firm’s great reputation and capabilities throughout the southeast, the ability to utilize my healthcare experience while also getting to work on other issues in different industries was personally very appealing to me."