A lobbyist since 1998, Tom leads the Ohio office for Compass. Previously he served in the state and federal governments for 15 years, including eight years as Senior Advisor to Ohio Governor George Voinovich, as a Special Assistant to George Bush (41) in the White House, and as a congressional press secretary and legislative assistant on Capitol Hill.
Tom has served five Ohio Governors over the past 20 years as Chairman of the Ohio Higher Educational Facility Commission. He also is a gubernatorial appointee to both the University of Akron Board of Trustees and the Ohio Motor Vehicle Dealers Board.
Tom’s community service and philanthropic activities have included founding an educational scholarship program for low-income Columbus families, and serving as the pro bono president of a statewide program that serves at-risk and disadvantaged students.
An Ohio native, Tom received his B.A. from Walsh College in Canton, Ohio, where he was recognized as one of its outstanding Alumnus and also received its Community Service Award. He earned M.A. degrees from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he was a guest lecturer.
Ted Hollingsworth has been a government relations consultant for nearly a decade, after nearly 20 years in the federal and state government. He was Chief of Staff to Ohio Senator George Voinovich for his entire first term and legislative director for then-Congressman Mike DeWine of Ohio.
Ted also was director of Governor Voinovich’s Washington Office, where he served as the chief lobbyist for the State of Ohio before the executive branch and the Congress.
Born in Philadelphia, Ted received a B.A. in Political Science and Russian from Haverford College, where he was awarded Honors in Russian. He also received a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University and was awarded a Certificate in Soviet Area Studies from the W. Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union.
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