Ice Miller Strategies co-founder and principal Clay Heil represents numerous clients, working closely with members of Congress and with the relevant committees of jurisdiction, including the Budget and Appropriations Committees, to successfully convey client priorities and policy preferences. As a former committee counsel, Clay is regularly called upon to draft bill and report language for use in House and Senate Appropriations bills. Clay has lobbied on behalf of clients to include numerous legislative amendments to various Appropriations bills. Equally important, he has successfully worked to exclude harmful provisions to clients from House and Senate Appropriations bills.
Clay previously worked in the U.S. Senate for 12 years where he held several high-level staff positions on the Senate Appropriations Committee, rising to the position of deputy staff director and general counsel for the full committee. As the Senate’s largest committee with a membership of 30 senators, a staff of more than 120 and the task of overseeing every area of the federal government and providing over $1 trillion annually in funding, the Senate Appropriations Committee is critical to all aspects of federal policy; and it is the only Senate committee specifically required to enact legislation annually.
During this time, Clay worked extensively with the bicameral Senate and House leadership teams, as well as with the Office of Management and Budget. He also helped oversee the successful passage of four emergency supplemental Appropriations bills during the 109th Congress. These bills provided funding for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and needed resources to address the aftermaths of Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami that occurred in Southeast Asia in 2004.
In addition to his committee work, Clay served as legislative director for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) for several years where he oversaw all legislative activities in the office. Among his responsibilities was working with the state Department of Transportation, cities and counties and contractors on numerous road, intermodal and infrastructure projects. This work included obtaining funding through the annual Appropriations process, as well as working with the U.S. Department of Transportation and other federal agencies to ensure that all permitting and environmental issues were satisfied in a timely manner.
Clay received his juris doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.