Business Politics

Bob Livingston


Bob Livingston is the founding partner, president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm, The Livingston Group, which was also rated by Influence Magazine as the 9th largest lobbying firm in the Washington area. Prior to being a lobbyist, Livingston served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the First District of Louisiana from 1977 to 1999. He also held several government positions. In 2003, Livingston was inaugurated into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield.


Before his Congressional career, Livingston had both private and public practice in law for nine years. He initially joined the law practice of David C. Treen. He then worked as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1970 to 1973, and served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division of the U. S. Attorney’s Office. From 1974 to 1975, he served as Chief Special Prosecutor and Chief of the Armed Robbery Division of the New Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. From 1975 to 1976, he served as the Chief Prosecutor for the Organized Crime Unit of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office.

In 1977, Livingston was elected to the United States House of Representatives in a special election. He was the first Republican to serve the First Congressional District of Louisiana in over a century and was then re-elected to eleven consecutive two-year terms. He also served in the House Select Committee on Intelligence for six years. From 1995 to 1999, he became the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee. In 1997, he headed the bi-partisan Ethics Reform Task Force and played a role in the overhaul of the House Ethics rules. In addition, he directed thirteen appropriation bills through the legislative process. After Newt Gingrich resigned as Speaker, Livingston was chosen by his colleagues to serve as Speaker-designate for the 106th Congress. In 1998, he stepped down as Speaker-elect due to a debate and eventually resigned in1999.

Shortly after resigning in 1999, Livingston founded a corporate group and lobbying firm, The Livingston Group, and established offices in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans. Livingston’s partners include his three former staff members when he was still in Congress. The firm offers comprehensive public affairs, government relations and lobbying services to more than 80 domestic and foreign clients worldwide. The firm has a broad network of more than 40 principals, international associates, and consultants including Republican and Democratic former Members of Congress, Administration officials, Congressional and Gubernatorial staff, former corporate executives and former state representatives. Their top clients include George Washington University, Rolls Royce, The Republic of Turkey, Goodyear, City of New Orleans, Louisiana, Lockheed Martin, Oracle, Verizon, Northrop Grumman, and Tulane University.