As the Principal of Larr Policy Consulting LLC, Denise “Denny” M. Larr, works at the state and federal levels in the areas of energy, environmental, health care, and taxes.
Recognized by her peers and members of the Ohio General Assembly in 2000 as both the “Hardest Working Female Lobbyist” and the “Most Effective Female Law Firm Lobbyist” in an Ohio Society of Association Executives poll, Denny has distinguished herself in the legislative and executive arenas as a trusted, effective and inspired advocate. Her bi-partisan approach to coalition building has garnered the respect of lawmakers, agency representatives and colleagues regardless of political affiliation.
Prior to starting Larr Policy Consulting in January of 2012, Denny led the Government Relations Group of Chester Willcox & Saxbe, LLP from 2004-2012. As President of Government Relations, she continued her focus on energy and expanded into representation of manufacturers.
Denny has represented clientele seeking representation in the areas of energy, health care, and taxes while affiliated with the law firm of McNees, Wallace & Nurick, LLC. On behalf of the Industrial Energy Users-Ohio, she successfully engineered a coalition of marketers, municipal electrics, electric cooperatives, and industrial, commercial and residential customers seeking passage of legislation providing for competitive retail electric service, culminating with the signing into law of Senate Bill 3 in 1999.
In 1993, Denny moved to Columbus, Ohio, where she became Director of Government Relations for Columbia Gas of Ohio until 1996. Specific accomplishments included the initiation of natural gas alternative regulation legislation (H.B. 476), development of an unprecedented coalition of natural gas users, producers, marketers, distributors and customers in support of the legislation, and achieved final passage in the Ohio General Assembly by a vote of 97-9 in the House and 31-1 in the Senate. She also conducted extensive Political Action Fund solicitations and achieved over a 50 percent increase in contributions.
From 1977 to 1990, Denny worked in governmental relations for Bishop, Cook, Purcell and Reynolds, a law firm founded by five former U.S. Congressmen and a former U.S. Senator. Being a non-lawyer lobbyist was so unique at that time, as well as being a female in the profession, that she was featured in an article in the National Journal. Denny’s areas of concentration included energy, environment, agriculture and tax. It was at that time the natural gas shortage was being addressed by Congress and the Natural Gas Policy Act was her first major piece of federal legislation. Thereafter, she concentrated her efforts on energy legislation. Following the retirement of the founding members of the firm, Denny joined Legislative Strategies, a government relations group and continued to work on energy policymaking.
Politically active during the 1980s, Denny served at the President’s Economic Summit and the 1984 and 1988 National Republican National Conventions. She also provided pro bono governmental relations services to The Jamestown Foundation, a non-profit organization formed to assist high-ranking Eastern Block defectors relocated to the U.S.
From 1975 to 1977, Denny served in President Ford’s Administration. Her first assignment after relocating to Washington, D.C., was at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare where she was a staff assistant in the Office of the Secretary as well as in Office of Presidential Personnel serving as White House staff. Denny also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, James T. Lynn, where she acted as the Director’s liaison with public and private sector organizations and assisted in preparing the Director for departmental budget briefings. In 1977 when President Carter was sworn-in, Denny served for six months in a transition capacity to Bert Lance, the newly appointed Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
From 1973 to 1975, Denny worked in account management and client liaison capacities for CNA /Insurance Company and Watkins, Ross, Waterfield & Baines, a pension and actuarial firm.
She graduated from Ferris State College in Big Rapids, Michigan, in 1973.