Jan 6, 2023

Greg Bales, Former Senior Advisor to U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, Joins McGuireWoods Consulting’s Illinois Government Relations Team

McGuireWoods Consulting is pleased to welcome Greg M. Bales as a senior vice president in the firm’s Illinois State Government Relations team. Bales joins the firm from the office of U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, where he most recently served as a senior advisor, overseeing special projects throughout Illinois and working as a liaison to elected officials, businesses, community organizations, and other constituencies across the state.

“Serving in roles throughout Illinois politics and government, Greg has been at the center of the state’s connection to federal projects. He has played a particularly critical role in infrastructure, transportation, and economic development matters. We are glad to welcome Greg to our team,” said McGuireWoods Consulting President and former South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges.

Prior to working in Senator Durbin’s office, Bales also served as regional director for Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson and as a policy advisor for the Illinois Department of Transportation. Bales has longstanding relationships with officials across the state, including the Illinois Congressional delegation, the Illinois General Assembly, elected and appointed officials in the City of Chicago, Cook County government, and in numerous municipalities and local units of government. During his time in government, Bales has concentrated on infrastructure funding, economic development, and earmarks.

McGuireWoods Consulting Chairman Mark Bowles added, “Greg’s experience and insight into Illinois and national politics will be invaluable to our clients. With his clear grasp of the challenges facing companies in dealing with the political and regulatory landscape, Greg is a great addition to MWC.”

Bales also served in senior roles in numerous political campaigns, including campaign manager for U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, campaign manager for U.S. Congressman Sean Casten for Congress, and Illinois State Director for Hillary for America. Bales’ vast campaign experience will serve the firm's clients engaged in shaping public opinion.

“Greg has been instrumental in assisting leaders in Illinois, serving as both a top campaign strategist and manager and then helping these officials navigate the complex federal-state-city relationship,” said Thomas Londrigan, director of the firm’s Illinois team.