Franklin G. Polk, Consultant

Franklin G. Polk

Career Summary

  • Polk Consulting, L.L.C.
  • Kessler & Associates, Senior Vice President for Taxation
  • U.S. Senate Finance Committee, Staff Director and Chief Counsel
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, Staff Director and Cheif Counsel
  • McNair Law Firm, Partner
  • U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Chief Republican Counsel and Staff Director


  • Harvard Law School, LL.B.
  • Xavier University, H.A.B.

Franklin Polk brings to the Livingston Group over 40 years of Washington experience and over 30 years of experience on Capitol Hill with service in both houses of the Congress. For the last decade he has been a consultant on tax and healthcare issues.

Mr. Polk's last position with Congress was as Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the Senate Finance Committee, where he worked with Members from both parties in building consensus on tax, trade, and health issues. In working on one of the Senate's most powerful committees, he gained an insider's knowledge of how the Senate works while representing the Committee in strategy sessions with Senate and House leadership.

Before his tenure with the Senate Finance Committee, Mr. Polk served as Staff Director and Chief Counsel on the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, which oversees the operation of every department and agency of government and which now includes Homeland Security. Mr. Polk also served as a legislative assistant assigned to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, where he worked on various legislation affecting the banking, securities, insurance, and credit card industries.

Prior to his Senate service, Mr. Polk was a partner in the McNair Law Firm from 1983 to 1985 where he specialized in a legislative practice involving antitrust and intellectual property issues.

From 1967 to 1983 Mr. Polk served on the House Judiciary Committee where he was the Chief Republican Counsel and Staff Director from 1969 to 1983, advising four different ranking Minority Members over that period. The most significant event during his tenure was the Committee's reporting articles of impeachment against President Richard M. Nixon. He also worked on the confirmations of Gerald Ford and Nelson Rockefeller to be Vice President under the 25th Amendment, the only two times the House has ever had a role in a confirmation.

Before coming to Washington, Mr. Polk served as law clerk to the Ohio Supreme Court. Mr. Polk is a graduate of Xavier University and the Harvard Law School.

Significant Associations, Activities and Accomplishments

  • Saved one client $900 million in taxes
  • Worked on repatriation, energy, charity, tax exempt, capital gains, and dividend issues for various tax clients
  • Worked on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues for hospitals and pharaceutical companies
  • As Senate Finance Committee Staff Director, worked on several reconciliation bills to provide tax reductions and reduce entitlement spending

Practice Areas

  • Energy, Environment and Natural Resources
  • Financial Services and Tax
  • Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals

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