Watkins & Eager is pleased to announce that former United States Congressman Gregg Harper has joined the firm as a member in its Jackson office.

“Gregg has represented Mississippi at the highest levels of government for a decade and brings a wealth of experience and relationships throughout Congress, the Administration, and around the State,” said James J. Crongeyer, Jr, Managing Member of Watkins & Eager. “Gregg’s experience and relationships in both Mississippi and Washington will further enhance our ability to serve clients at the state and federal levels.  We are honored to have Gregg become a part of our firm.”

First elected to Congress in 2009, Gregg served five terms representing Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District. During his time in Congress, he served as a member and a Subcommittee Chairman of the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce which has jurisdiction over a broad swath of the economy including healthcare, energy, transportation, and telecommunications.

In the 115th Congress, Gregg was selected by Speaker Paul Ryan to serve as Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, a standing committee with vast oversight and administrative responsibilities in the House of Representatives and other institutions. In addition, Gregg served as Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress and served two terms on the Committee on Ethics.

“As both a lawyer and an elected official, Gregg has built a reputation for integrity, professionalism, and hard work, evidenced by the positive relationships he has throughout Mississippi and Washington, DC. We are pleased to have him join our firm and enhance our leadership in both the legal community and governmental arena,” said Paul H. Stephenson III, Chairman of Watkins & Eager.

Gregg joins Watkins & Eager’s Governmental Relations Practice Area which supports public and private sector clients at the state and federal level.  He will focus his efforts on practicing law and advising clients on issues before federal agencies and the Administration, the United States Congress, and the State of Mississippi.