Robert Ganim is a federal relations advisor with the Federal Relations Group in Barnes & Thornburg's Washington, D.C., office. He supports the firm's diverse set of clients, working on a wide range of issues across the legislative and regulatory spectrum.
Prior to joining the firm, Robert worked for more than five years on Capitol Hill on foreign policy and defense issues. He most recently was a foreign policy legislative assistant for former U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who served on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Robert covered policy issues related to Europe, Africa, the Western Hemisphere, the Middle East, and defense, and served as the senator's staff lead for the appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. He also served as the liaison between the senator and relevant executive branch agencies, think tanks, foreign embassies, and ethnic communities in Illinois.
Prior to working for Sen. Kirk, Robert was a research assistant on the national security team of former U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), where he focused on policy issues connected to Sen. Ayotte's work as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. In this capacity, Robert supported and helped guide the senator through four Senate Armed Services Committee National Defense Authorization Act markups.
He got his start on Capitol Hill as an intern for the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, where he served as the lead author and researcher on the subcommittee's 2011 report entitled Boko Haram: Emerging Threat to the U.S. Homeland. Before moving to Washington, D.C., he was a district coordinator for a U.S. House race in Connecticut's Fourth Congressional District.
In addition to his undergraduate degree, Robert earned a graduate certificate from the U.S. Air Force's Air Command and Staff College distance learning program.