With a combined decades of experience, and multiple areas of specialization, Porter Group’s team of experts will focus on your needs—and do everything it takes to make your goals a reality.
Congressman Jon Porter (Ret.) is a founding member and President/CEO of the Porter Group, a bipartisan government relations, lobbying, public affairs and business consulting firm.
Jon possesses a unique set of skills built upon 30-plus years of experience in business, public policy and politics. He built and ran a multi-million dollar insurance business and was elected to a variety of government and private sector leadership positions including three-terms as a United States Congressman. He understands the pressures and challenges of running a business and, at the same time, possesses sharp political instincts based on his many years in office. This differentiated set of experiences gives him the ability to see a path to solution with far greater clarity than others.
Whether business or politics, Jon's trademark always has been bipartisan relationship and coalition building. He has built a sizable network of relationships and connections, which gives him an advantaged means of getting to the right people. These are sophisticated and trusted decision makers at the highest level of business, government and political leadership. Owning a business and serving as an elected official have provided him with a unique vision, giving him the ability to find solutions to most any problem or crisis involving business, government, legislation or politics. It also gives him the tools to connect people to new market and customer opportunities and provide deep insight for clients who are pursuing new ventures or expanding into new business models.
Jon's base of clients includes both domestic and international businesses in areas of technology, transportation, travel and tourism, aviation, insurance, healthcare, energy, defense and gaming, among others. He also represents government agencies and professional organizations including local governments, regional transportation agencies, airports, convention authorities and chambers of commerce.
Elizabeth Butler oversees Porter Group office operations and client relations as well as special events and fundraisers.
Prior to Porter Group, Elizabeth worked as an operations and administrative staff member to a senior director at The Pew Charitable Trusts. She was also a legislative assistant at Akerman Senterfitt and executive assistant to the president at The Paul Laxalt Group. She has extensive experience developing legislative and communications strategies for high-profile clients, and possesses in-depth management skills in operations, organization and customer service.
Elizabeth was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and while an undergraduate, interned in the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.
Mitch Fox is the Porter Group’s Director of Client Relations and Communications. A graduate of UCLA, Mitch has more than 30 years experience covering local, state and federal government as an Emmy-nominated television news reporter. He has moderated numerous candidate debates, hosted “Nevada Week in Review,” one of Nevada’s most watched public affairs programs and covered the Nevada State Legislature for Vegas PBS, starting in 1979. He was also production and programming director for the television station and an adjunct professor at the UNLV Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies.
Mitch was also director of communications for the City of North Las Vegas and managed all external and internal communications for the city. During his tenure, Mr. Fox brought City Council meetings to cable TV, supervised the redesign of the city’s web site, doubled the city’s social media traffic, created a city podcast, launched an e-newsletter for Council members and created videos for the city’s YouTube Channel.
Having served more than 33 years in multiple positions, including as a staff member for Senator Harry Reid, in the Army as a pilot, and Director of Aviation for the Nevada Army National Guard, Robert Herbert is a leader in the aviation community and an expert in national transportation policy.
General Herbert served as the Senior Policy Advisor and Director of Appropriations for Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in Washington, D.C. He oversaw all 12 federal spending bills for the Senator and advised him on transportation, defense, veterans, and homeland security issues. Previously, he was Senator Reid’s Regional Director for Southern Nevada. He coordinated the Senator’s outreach initiatives to cultivate relationships with community leaders, planned visibility events, managed constituent services, and served as the Senator’s surrogate during Congressional work periods.
General Herbert holds a Bachelor of Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University, a Masters of Public Administration from George Washington University, a Masters of Science in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University, and a Certificate in Senior Leadership from Georgetown University.
Dan Mauer is responsible for developing and implementing legislative strategy, building and maintaining pertinent relationships on Capitol Hill, and overseeing projects that relate to the Congress or the Administration. He also plays many key roles in the firm’s business development practice and provides his insights on a wide range of client issues unrelated to the federal government.
Prior to joining Porter Group, Dan was the Legislative Analyst for a major national law firm’s Government Affairs and Public Policy practice group in Washington, DC. In that capacity, he served the firm’s clients by tracking legislation, drafting memos and updates, interpreting legislation and regulation, and acting as an intermediary between clients, the firm, and the Congress.
Mauer’s background also includes serving as a staff member for United States Senator Norm Coleman. During that time, Dan handled issues relating to taxation, the federal budget, labor and telecommunications. Notably, he worked on landmark legislation such as H.R. 3221, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act, H.R. 1424, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, and S. 7005, the Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act.
Dan was born and raised in the Twin Cities and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire where he studied economics and political science.
Chris Porter brings a wide range of personal and professional experience to the firm. Prior to joining Porter Group, Chris owned and operated one of the leading insurance companies in Nevada, winning multiple industry awards with some of the highest retention rates in the state.
Chris was also a board member on the Farmers Employees and Agent Political Action Committee, Legislative Chair for the Clark County and Nevada Associations of Health Underwriters and a Congressional staffer for Congressman Jim Gibbons. He has also been a spokesperson and campaign strategist for multiple political campaigns.
Chris brings extensive knowledge to Porter Group’s expanding labor, health care and financial services client base. Because of his experience in business management and grass roots organization, Chris provides private sector insight and enhanced customer relations to every project.
Chris was born and raised in Boulder City, Nevada and studied Finance and Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Ilse Walton directs the Porter Group’s office operations, procedures, and scheduling.
Prior to joining the Porter Group, Ilse worked for a highly-regarded Nevada law firm. Ilse’s time-management and case strategy skills were utilized in the training of all new employees and in the delivery of personalized attention to each individual client.
Ilse also worked as an executive assistant to a senior partner at one of the largest and most successful law firms in Washington State. She handled high-profile cases, including some that were successfully litigated in the Washington State Supreme Court. Ilse was also responsible for acting as the firm’s sole Hispanic community liaison for the entire State of Washington.
Ilse was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and grew up in both Monterey County, California and Las Vegas, Nevada. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration with a focus in Meetings and Events Management and minor in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.