Former Illinois Congressman Marty Russo is CEO and Senior Vice Chairman of Cassidy & Associates. In that capacity, Mr. Russo is responsible for supervising all aspects of client service by the Cassidy & Associates government relations staff, while also devising the company's business development strategy and monitoring quality control. Mr. Russo is also currently the President of Washington Golf Charities, a nonprofit organization formed in 2003 to host the Booz Allen Classic, the Washington area's biggest annual professional sporting event and the single largest charitable contributor of its kind in the metropolitan region.
Immediately prior to joining the firm in 1993, he served for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives from Chicago, Illinois' Third District. Elected to Congress as part of the post-Watergate reform-oriented class of 1974, Mr. Russo's tenure was distinguished by his involvement in a broad range of public policy issues facing America's businesses. These issues included tax policy, federal budgets, health care, energy and environmental policy, transportation, crime, immigration, trade, telecommunications, and small business issues.
From 1979 to 1992, Mr. Russo served on the Ways and Means Committee. During his tenure, the Committee passed the Tax Reform Act of 1986. As Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health and Chairman of the Task Force on Income Security, Mr. Russo became a vocal advocate for affordable health care for all Americans. He authored the single-payer health care reform proposal, the Universal Health Care Act of 1991 (H.R. 1300), which gained broad national attention and support. Mr. Russo was also appointed by the Committee on Ways and Means to be its representative to the House Budget Committee where he served from 1984 to 1990.
In 1980, Mr. Russo became part of the House Democratic Leadership, serving as Floor Whip and a member of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee; and in 1976, Mr. Russo joined the House Energy and Commerce Committee where he served until 1979 and was on the Subcommittees on Oversight and Investigations, Energy, Telecommunications, and Transportation.
From 1975 to 1978, Mr. Russo served on the Small Business Committee, where he was a member of the Subcommittee on Regulation, Business Opportunities and Technology.
When first elected to Congress, Mr. Russo was named to the House Judiciary Committee where he served on the Immigration Subcommittee and the Criminal Justice Subcommittee. He also served on the Select Committee on Aging.
Prior to his Congressional service, Mr. Russo worked in private practice and as Assistant State's Attorney for Cook County. A native Chicagoan, Russo received his Juris Doctorate from the DePaul University College of Law in 1967 and his Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul in 1965.