Jill Talbert, left, and State Rep. Michael Curcio. Curcio will be joining a lobbying firm headed by Talbert after he declined to seek re-election this year.

Talbert Government Relations LLC, one of Tennessee’s few female-founded, female-owned government relations firms, announced last week that retiring state representative and former House Judiciary Chairman Michael Curcio, is joining the firm as an equity member and partner. The firm was founded by Jill Talbert in 2012.

“Chairman Curcio’s experience in state government, his ability to navigate complex regulatory issues, and his breadth of knowledge of Tennessee’s Capitol Hill will make this a great partnership,” said founder Jill Talbert. “Talbert Government Relations LLC is one of the state’s premier government relations firms, and Michael’s addition to the team can take us to new heights.

“Talbert Government Relations LLC is nearing 10 years in business this August, and I can’t think of a better way to mark that milestone than to broaden our areas of practice and increase our capabilities by bringing on an equity partner.”

Curcio brings the knowledge of six years in the Tennessee General Assembly, as well as six years of prior experience working for the United States Congress, national grassroots groups, and issues advocacy firms. Curcio also worked for Bill Haslam’s campaign for Governor.

Curcio made news when then-House Speaker Beth Harwell appointed him to a chairman’s position as a freshman member. While chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Curcio oversaw a once-in-a-generation shift in Tennessee’s prison system, aided in the development of alternatives to incarceration for low-level non-violent offenders, championed the Reentry Success Act, reformed the state’s Drug Free Zone statute, and personally spearheaded an expansion of Tennessee’s already successful expungement opportunities. In addition to his work on criminal justice issues, Curcio assisted in the passage of the Katie Beckett waiver, and he was a champion for mental health and substance abuse issues. While in office, Curcio passed the S.A.F.E. Act — which became a national model for standards in sober living homes — and worked with his colleagues to pass more than $760 million in tax cuts.

“I have enjoyed every minute of my time in the Tennessee General Assembly, and I look forward to using my experiences to aid in client and other business development for Talbert Government Relations LLC,” said Curcio. “My investment in this firm is a full-throated endorsement of the leadership and vision that Jill Talbert has brought to her clients for the past 10 years. I’ve known Jill for years and value her integrity, tenacity, and strategic approach to impacting sound public policy.”

Talbert Government Relations LLC is a Nashville-based, full-service government relations firm that upholds the highest standards in its representation of clients and provides a straightforward, focused approach to accomplishing clients’ goals and objectives.

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