Our Team

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

Honorable Jon C. Porter

President/ CEO

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

Elizabeth Butler

Director of Operations

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

Mitch Fox

Nevada State Director

Born in San Francisco and a graduate of U.C.L.A., Mitch Fox began his broadcasting career at KABC-TV in Los Angeles, where he worked as a student intern and later, in a paid position, as an apprentice cameraman. His first on-air position was with KTNV-TV Channel 13 in Las Vegas.

Fox has moderated numerous candidates’ debates, some of which aired nationally on C-Span. In 2010 Mr. Fox was asked to be the moderator of the only debate between U.S. Senator Harry Reid and Sharron Angle. He has provided news reports and appeared on the PBS NewsHour program.

Mitch collaborated with NBC and Fox affiliates to produce prime-time, election coverage. He has partnered with such media groups as KNPR, El Mundo, El Tiempo Libre, Univision, Power 88 KCEP-FM, KRLV 1340am and KNEWS Radio.

Mr. Fox was director of communications for the City of North Las Vegas and managed all external and internal communications including special events, media and public relations, internet and social media communications, the graphic art department and all video production, as well as advising the City Council and staff on public policy issues.

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 created videos for the City's YouTube channel and strengthened relations between the City of North Las Vegas and the media.

Mitch has decades of experience covering the Nevada State Legislature as a political reporter for Nevada broadcast stations in Las Vegas and Reno. In addition, Mitch represented two Porter Group clients during the 2017 Nevada State Legislature.

Mitch manages client relations and political advocacy for Porter Group clients at local and state levels of government.

Robert T. Herbert

Robert T. Herbert

Senior Vice President, Brigadier General

Brigadier General Robert Herbert has more than 40 years of experience in Defense, Aviation, Transportation, Homeland Security, and Veterans issues. General Herbert brings our clients his deep expertise in the federal legislative process, having served as senior advisor to Democratic Leader Harry Reid for 20 years, including as Director of Appropriations overseeing all 12 federal spending bills, including Defense, Surface Transportation Reauthorization, FAA Reauthorization, Homeland Security, and Veterans legislation.

An instructor and test pilot with more than 7,000 hours in helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. General Herbert is a leader in the aviation community. He maintains a broad network across aviation industry stakeholders, including federal agencies, airlines, airports, general aviation, unions, machinists, and aerospace companies.

General Herbert has deep roots in Nevada. He has maintained a home in the state since 1982, when he joined the Nevada National Guard, and for several years served as the Director of Aviation and Safety. In 1999 he also coordinated Senator Reid's outreach initiatives to cultivate relationships with Nevada's community leaders, managed constituent services, served as the Senator’ssurrogate, and led the Senator's Southern Nevada office for several years.

General Herbert currently serves as the Special Assistant to the Chief, National Guard Bureau for National Security Policy.

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. He splits his time between homes in Las Vegas and Washington, DC.

Dan Mauer

Dan Mauer

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

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

J. Chris Porter Jr.

Executive Vice President

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 T. Walton

Ilse T. Walton

Office Manager

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.