The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) announces the appointment of Brian Crawford, currently chief of staff to Florida Congressman Tom Rooney (R-17), as vice president of governmental and political affairs. He will join the staff on February 3.
In this role, Crawford will support the associationâ€™s increased advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and with key administration policymakers, with a focus on labor and workforce issues. He also will provide strategic support for the associationâ€™s political action committee, HotelPAC.
â€œBrian is an outstanding addition to our team and will immediately play a key role in amplifying the lodging industryâ€™s compelling narrative with members of Congress and the Administration,â€ said Katherine Lugar, AH&LA president/CEO. â€œWorkforce issues continue to be a major focus for hoteliers across the country, and the decisions made in Washington in these areas have a direct impact on their operations and bottom line. Brian will provide our members with outstanding expertise in this area and play a pivotal role in explaining to policymakers the impact these issues have on lodging. He also brings a keen political mind that will be critical to our efforts to grow HotelPAC.â€
Crawford comes to AH&LA following nearly eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives, having served the past five as Congressman Rooneyâ€™s chief of staff. In this role, he directed all legislative, press, and operational activities for a staff of 15 in the Washington, D.C. and three Florida district offices. He previously served as the deputy chief of staff for Florida Congressman Ric Keller (R-08). Crawfordâ€™s career also includes holding a top legislative affairs position with Associated Builders and Contractors, where he implemented the associationâ€™s workforce, labor and healthcare agenda, and with the National Small Business Association.