Before the Election

After nearly 18 months of non-stop campaigning, the people finally get their say. Between now and Nov. 8, here’s what government affairs teams need to do to prepare for the election—no matter the outcome.

The landscape continues to change

Jeffrey B. Lewis, Brandon DeVine, Lincoln Pitcher, and Kenneth C. Martis. (2013) Digital Boundary Definitions of United States Congressional Districts, 1789-2012. Retrieved from on August 19, 2016.

The United States has changed dramatically since Congressional boundaries were first established in 1789. Today, redistricting is a hot political issue and has big implications for which party controls Congress.

The Lame Duck

The votes have been counted, the campaigns are over and now, for a moment, the impossible becomes possible. As rhetoric takes a rest, here’s how to master the policy opportunities you and your clients care about most during the lame duck session.

Number of bills passed during a Lame Duck session

Republican congressional leaders may reconsider pushing through bills and compromises in December. History shows, as you can see in the 110th Congress fewer bills are passed during the lame duck session when a president from their own party is elected.

Download: 9 questions and answers to guide you through the Lame Duck

Bloomberg Government has prepared nine questions and answers that help you prepare for a potential flurry of congressional activity.

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Download: How will lobbyist navigate the transition?

The Trump administration will take office on Jan. 20, offering an opportunity for business leaders and lobbyists to get involved as advisers and appointees in the executive branch.


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Watch replay: The next administration: How to secure a political appointment

Come Nov. 9 thousands of jobs will become available across the federal government, and the city of Washington will be abuzz with one question: How do I get a political appointment?


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Read: What does an outsider in the White House mean for Congress?

Donald Trump’s victory may not have been traditional, but there is no evidence that his candidacy was a drag on any Republican running for Congress this year.


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Watch replay: What to watch in the Lame Duck and beyond

Congress has a lot on its plate when it returns this month for the post-election lame-duck session. The appropriations measures, a compromise defense authorization bill, and funding for Flint-related programs are just a few of the items on the docket.


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Read: Voters Who Gave Trump the White House

Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in part by building a coalition of voters who had not supported Republican candidates as enthusiastically in the past. Bloomberg analyzed county-level U.S. Census data to make sense of the places where Trump secured his most critical victories.


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Download: Presidential transition checklist

From building the transition team to the inauguration and beyond – everything you need to know this election season.


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From Congress to K St. to the White House, Bloomberg Government can help ease your transition. See how.


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The New Government

The next four years start now. New leadership, new priorities, new opportunities. Successful government affairs teams know this is a critical period of time—here’s Bloomberg Government’s guide to mastering the new era of government affairs.

“Congress is made up of 535 small businesses with 535 different personnel policies. The culture is not orientated to one of professional development, so give yourself permission to develop.”


Navigating the New Washington: Positioning Yourself for a Successful Government Relations Career

With the inauguration behind us, Washington’s top influencers are exploring new opportunities—making the leap from government to K Street, and vice versa. Bloomberg Government conducted a survey of 2,000 government relations professionals to help you understand your industry’s compensation trends, as well as advice for positioning yourself during this time of transition. 

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