Richard J. Reinhardt, II, J.D.
"I'm very excited for the opportunity to be partnering with Davion and PPA. Together, we bring years of governmental affairs experience and trusted relationships to Annapolis and to county governments across Maryland. As the new partner of PPA, I'm looking forward to strengthening these relations on behalf of the firm and our clients, while continuing to support the firm's successful growth and reputation."
For over the last 16 years, Richard J. Reinhardt, II, J.D. has been working in state government affairs. Richard is a Partner at Percy Public Affairs and is the lead lobbyist on the firm’s budget, procurement, business/trade association, and cybersecurity/IT portfolios. Over the last four years, he has successfully assisted his clients in securing state operating and capital appropriations, totaling $86.4 million. During the 2022 legislative session, Richard played a critical role in the successful passage of state-wide legislation to advance Maryland’s cybersecurity policy and IT modernization investments.
In 2018, Richard served in the Hogan Administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Division of Workforce Development under Maryland’s Department of Labor. As the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Richard assisted and advised the effective delivery and oversight of federal workforce investment laws and programs, labor market programs, and the Maryland Workforce Exchange. He served as the division’s liaison working with various state departments and external stakeholders on various taskforces and committees. Most notably, Richard was involved with the implementation of Maryland’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity (WIOA) State Plan and secured Maryland to be one of only six states to receive federal funding to support Maryland’s dislocated workforce that were impacted by the opioid epidemic.
Prior to his position in the Administration, he served as the Director of Government Affairs for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. In his role, Richard developed, coordinated, and lobbied legislative strategies and initiatives on behalf of various stakeholders across the state, including education, non-profits, hospitals, and the business community. During his time at the Chamber, he also organized and staffed several advisory groups and committees. In addition, Richard managed and testified on various pieces of legislation in the areas of Labor and Employment, Education, Transportation, Environment and Workforce Development.
Richard also served as the Director of Government and Community Relations for Towson University in Baltimore County. During his time, he advocated for the university’s legislative initiatives and capital priorities to local, state and Congressional representatives. He coordinated and oversaw events and activities aimed at supporting the university’s government relations’ goals and developed a broad spectrum of materials (talking points, legislative summaries, testimony reports, letters, fact sheets) in support of the university’s government relations agenda.
Richard served as Chief of Staff for State Senator J.B. Jennings. There, he aided in drafting legislative concepts, prepared committee testimony, assembled policy and fiscal briefings, and managed the day-to-day operations of the Senator’s Annapolis and District offices. Before working for Senator Jennings, he was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Robert N. Dugan.
Richard earned his Bachelor of Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. He and his wife, Sarah, reside in Annapolis with their two daughters and their rescued dog, Liberty.