Former Gov. Jim Hodges has been named president and CEO of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC, the public affairs subsidiary of Richmond, Va.-based McGuireWoods LLP law firm. McGuireWoods Consulting has offices in seven state capitals, Washington, D.C., and Europe, and 118 professionals on its staff.
Formed in 1998, the bipartisan firm has served more than 2,000 clients on matters including federal and state government relations, grassroots advocacy and economic development.
Hodges and his wife, Rachel, will continue to live in Columbia and will divide his time among the offices in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, and the firm’s offices nationwide.
“Our focus is on crafting strategies that achieve positive solutions for our clients, and that often means doing things in new and creative ways,” Hodges said in a press release. “That has been the hallmark of McGuireWoods Consulting in the past and is the key to our future.”
Hodges, a Democrat, served as South Carolina’s 114th governor from 1999-2003. In 2008, he was a national co-chairman of the Obama for President Campaign.
Additionally, the firm announced that senior vice president Billy Boan, Hodges’ former chief of staff, will serve as director of the McGuireWoods’ Columbia office. Boan is also a former chairman of the S.C. House Ways and Means Committee.
“Billy Boan is one of South Carolina’s most knowledgeable authorities on South Carolina state government,” Hodges said. “He’s a trusted adviser to many leading businesses in the state and is the right person to lead our South Carolina government affairs operation in the years ahead.”
After leaving the governor’s mansion, Hodges joined the Charlotte-based law firm Kennedy Covington as a partner. With Boan, he started a wholly owned subsidiary called Hodges Consulting, a business, government relations, and economic development consulting firm.
Hodges Consulting spun off from Kennedy Covington in 2007, and merged with McGuireWoods Consulting in 2009.