|Mark Braden with the Lawyer of the Year certificate presented by Speaker John Boehner.|
On Tuesday night, the RNLA Board of Governors honored E. Mark Braden as the 2014 Republican Lawyer of the Year event. Mark’s long and successful career was saluted by a number of current and former Republican leaders from Speaker John Boehner to former longtime RNC Chair Frank Fahrenkopf.
Speaker Boehner talked about the importance of Mark’s long service as the lawyer to the House Administration Committee and effectively all House Republican members. Boehner also joked that he had never been more comfortable in a room full of that many lawyers. (There were 150 attendees.)
Frank Fahrenkopf and Bill Greener discussed Mark’s service as an innovative Chief Counsel to the RNC back in the 1980s. Among Mark’s many accomplishments that Frank discussed was helping found the Republican National Lawyers Association in 1985. Frank also mentioned how Mark was a master of recounts.
|From Left to Right: Former Lawyers for Bush-Cheney, McCain, and Romney Chair Dick Wiley, Mark Braden, former RNC Chief Counsel Tom Josefiak, and current RNC Chief Counsel John Phillippe.|
Other current and former RNC Chief Counsels, such as the Honorable Donald Ivers, Tom Josefiak and John Phillippe, were also in attendance. Phillippe said of Mark: “Mark has been a true friend to the RNC and to those of us who have followed him in the RNC counsel’s office. This is a very well-deserved honor for someone who has meant so much to not only the Republican legal community but to the Republican Party.”
Mark’s leadership extends beyond the beltway. Mark’s home state of Ohio was well represented with Congressman Pat Tiberi and former House Financial Services Chairman Mike Oxley also in attendance. Chairman Oxley served as the master of ceremonies for the event.
|Mark Braden's family with Speaker Boehner and former Congressman Mike Oxley.|
More pictures on the reception are here. A press release is here. Congratulations to Mark Braden for being named the 2014 Republican Lawyer of the Year.