Drawing on decades of experience in corporate and trade association government affairs, in 2009 Mr. Runyan established Runyan Public Affairs to help clients develop comprehensive solutions to their public affairs challenges.
The firm helps manufacturers and coalitions develop targeted campaigns to achieve long-term success through a variety of strategies including: congressional and executive branch lobbying, applying constituent and grassroots resources, recruiting key allies and coalition partners, and leveraging media opportunities to achieve public policy victories.
Examples of RPA’s comprehensive approach to advocacy include the following:
Created and led a 200-member coalition of major manufacturers and shippers that secured the first ever House floor vote on the issue of truck weight reform. The comprehensive advocacy campaign encompassed grassroots/grasstops lobbying, a major media campaign and a $2.5 million fundraising effort. RPA also developed and launched a Texas campaign to allow heavy weight truck corridors within the state by working to enact a proposal in the 2017 Texas Legislature.
Developed a coalition uniting the print communications industry with consumer and senior organizations to require government agencies to maintain certain paper based information for citizens who want or need it. Results included passage of a bill to restore printed social security earnings statements and stopping legislation to eliminate paper-based insurance policy information in key states.
Co-founded a trade association uniquely dedicated to the transformation of government information into standardized open data. Resulted in the enactment of The Data Act, which is now being implemented by all US federal government agencies.
Provide Washington representation for large printing and timber clients, keeping Congress apprised of company developments, building targeted congressional support for policy initiatives and serving as a liaison between elected leaders and company officials.
Prior to starting his firm, from 1996-2009 Mr. Runyan was employed by International Paper, a Fortune 100 global corporation, where he managed the federal government relations team in the firm’s Washington office. His issue areas included energy, transportation and logistics, labor-management relations, postal, and general business issues. He also was Treasurer of IP-PAC.
From 1995-1996 Mr. Runyan was Senior Government Relations Advisor to the law firm of McGuiness and Williams where his clients included R.R. Donnelley and Sons & Co. and the HR Policy Association.
Prior to that Mr. Runyan spent over a decade with The Printing Industries of America, the nation’s largest graphic arts trade association.
Mr. Runyan began his career as a Legislative Assistant to former US Sen. Donald Stewart (D-AL)