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David Wetmore

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O: (202) 822-8300
C: (202) 306-9533

David brings 30 years of government and congressional relations experience to our clients, with a record of providing sound strategic guidance to our clients and elected officials. David’s expertise includes the legislative process, public policy, issue management and development, strategic planning, and communications. He is a direct liaison to the executive branch, Congress, governors and their senior staffs, industry representatives, trade associations, and corporate officers. He has helped shape major federal legislation and regulatory decisions that impact states and local governments and non-profit entities.


David served as the State of California’s chief federal representative under two governors and honed his advocacy and issue management skills as chief liaison federal, state, and local leaders, and elected officials. He was direct liaison to Congress and the White House and executive branch agencies under GOP and Democratic presidents and shifting congressional majorities. Previously, he held senior staff positions in the United States Senate.  Joining Carpi & Clay in 2007, he has directed successful advocacy initiatives and delivered notable successes for our clients in securing appropriations and grant funding, COVID relief funding, regulatory relief, project authorizations and legislative achievements in health care, defense, infrastructure, public lands management, tourism and research and development.

During his six years directing government relations and federal regulatory activities for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, David represented all 50 states’ insurance commissioners at the state, federal, and international levels on health care, tax policy, financial services legislation, catastrophe and resilience policies, terrorism risk insurance programs, and trade agreements.

David graduated with a double major in political science and French from San Diego State University, and he is a graduate of the Institute d’Etudes Politiques, Aix-en-Provence, France. He serves on the board of directors of the California State Society.

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