Thomas P. Hogan, Esq.
Thomas P. Hogan is a co-founder and Managing Director of F/S Capitol Consulting, LLC, and is a partner and founder in Hogan Law Associates, LLP. After co-founding these companies in 1999, Tom managed the state lobbying practice in Rhode Island, and provided legal services through Hogan Law Associates. In 2001, when he moved to Washington, D.C., Tom expanded F/S Capitol's business to Washington, D.C. He now manages the D.C. practice and oversees F/S Capitol's state lobbying efforts, as well as Hogan Law Associate's legal matters in his home-state of Rhode Island.
Since 1999, Tom has represented clients on Capitol Hill on issues including transportation and infrastructure, energy and climate change, appropriations, education, and health care. He advises clients on strengthening relationships, cultivating coalition partners, and raising the political and public profile clients and issues in Washington, D.C. Tom also represents clients' interests before our nation’s governors, and before the attorneys general in complex matters, including national multi-state litigation, negotiations, and structured settlement strategies.
As Managing Partner of Hogan Law Associates, LLC, Tom provides legal services to Rhode Island clients on various issues including regulatory matters, federal and state ethics laws, and gifts and campaign finance law. Tom has written and taught courses on lobbying and ethics for corporate clients as well as for the Rhode Island Bar Association Government Lawyers Committee. He also represents corporations' and organizations' interests before the State Attorneys General Associations. Tom has been involved in negotiations and strategy in connection with multi-state litigation involving States' Attorneys General.
From 1988 to 1999, Tom was a member of a prestigious law firm in Rhode Island and served as legal and legislative counsel to national corporations and trade associations. He participated in landmark legislation in the Rhode Island State House on issues including banking, environmental issues, transportation, tax reform, and health insurance and hospital conversion law.
Tom graduated from Providence College in 1984, and earned a J.D. from Suffolk Law School in Boston in 1987. He served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Florence K. Murray of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. He is a member of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Bars.
Tom has appeared on CBS TV (WUSA), CCTV, the Jim Bohannon Show, WTOP New Radio in Washington, D.C., and other national syndicated news programs as a political commentator. He lives in Chevy Chase, MD with his wife, Dr. Sheilah Lynch, and their two daughters Mary Kate and Elle Grace.
Carolyn M. Murray
Carolyn Murray joined F/S Capitol Consulting, LLC in 2001. As Senior Director, Ms. Murray is responsible for managing the State Government Relations practice at F/S Capitol's Rhode Island office, one of the state's largest lobbying firms.
Carolyn provides representation for major corporations in addition to state and national trade associations. She has been involved in issues regarding energy, financial services, transportation, excise taxes, alcohol, gaming, tobacco, automobile and motorcycles, highway safety, food and nutrition, fireworks and public safety, soft drink and bottled water, insurance, agriculture, pharmaceutical, education, manufacturing and online sales tax issues. Carolyn has also coordinated the logistics of a successful statewide issue campaign that blended the use of print and radio media, polling, social media and grassroots lobbying efforts.
Keeping a daily presence at the State House during the legislative session, Carolyn works closely with leadership, committee chairs, and rank and file members to forge strong relationships and ensure positive outcomes for clients. Carolyn places a premium on compliance, ethics, filing and reporting, and she fiercely protects the integrity and reputation of both clients and the firm in a challenging regulatory environment.
Carolyn is a 1983 graduate of Providence College. She serves as President on the Board of McAuley Ministries, as a member of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce’s sub-committee on transportation, and as a member of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee. In September 2018, Carolyn was appointed by Governor Raimondo to serve on the Task Force to Tackle Plastics.
Margaret Hogan Sweeney, Esq.
Margaret Hogan Sweeney joined F/S Capitol Consulting, LLC in 2011. She represents various clients, including national and state trade organizations, at the Rhode Island General Assembly and Executive Offices on a myriad of issues including energy, insurance, pharmaceutical, transportation, manufacturing, online sales tax issues, alcohol, tobacco, automobiles, fireworks, soft drinks, food and nutrition, education, and agriculture.
Peg’s consistent presence at the State House throughout the legislative session allows her to provide exceptional service to her clients. Her relationships with leadership and key policy makers in the Legislature and Executive branch of government has allowed her to obtain positive results for clients.
Prior to joining F/S Capitol, Peg worked at MetLife Auto & Home as an in-house corporate and regulatory attorney where her responsibilities included representing this national insurer in all aspects of regulatory, corporate and compliance matters, negotiating contracts, managing litigation and reviewing advertising and corporate communications.
Before her time at MetLife Auto & Home, Peg was an associate at Morrison, Mahoney & Miller where she concentrated on medical malpractice defense, premises liability, and municipal liability. Prior to that, Peg was an associate at Hanson, Curran, Parks & Whitman where she also practiced insurance defense litigation, including medical malpractice and general defense insurance litigation.
Peg previously served as a Special Assistant Attorney General at the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General. She worked in the Civil Division of the Department focusing on civil litigation, advisory opinions, open meetings and access to public records matters, and drafting and testifying on proposed legislation.
Ms. Sweeney received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1991, and her B.S. from Providence College in 1986. Following her graduation from law school, Peg served as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Florence K. Murray of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Peg is licensed to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and the Federal District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Peg is a member of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee.
Thomas L. Papa
Tom Papa first joined F/S Capitol Consulting, LLC in 2009, and successfully represented clients on various issues including energy, alcohol, tobacco, automobiles, fireworks, soft drinks and bottled water, food and nutrition, financial services, highway safety, excise taxes, public safety and manufacturing. Tom was involved in coordinating a successful statewide issue campaign that blended the use of print and radio media, polling, social media and grassroots lobbying efforts.
In 2014, Tom was selected to serve as Chief of Staff to the Rhode Island Senate. Tom was subsequently named to Governor Gina Raimondo’s Senior Staff as the Director of Boards and Commissions. Tom re-joined our firm in November 2018, uniquely positioned to provide our clients with exceptional government relation’s representation.
As an accomplished government relations professional with over 17 years of experience, both as an advocate for clients and as a member of the Rhode Island Legislative and Executive Staff, Tom brings distinct knowledge and experience to our firm. Tom’s work with the Legislature and Executive Branch, have enabled him to establish personal relationships with key policy and decision makers, where he gained a keen understanding of the dynamics within government.
Tom was a member of the Woonsocket Fire Department for 25 years where he received numerous Meritorious Service Awards and retired in 2009 at the rank of Captain. Tom was the Legislative Agent for the Rhode Island State Association of Fire Fighters for eight years, prior to his retirement.
Tom has dedicated many hours to his community serving as President of the Museum of Work & Culture's Preservation Foundation. Tom was as a member of the United Way of Rhode Island Community Advisory Committee and is currently a member of the United Way of Rhode Island Keel Club.
Tom graduated from Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration.
Meghan Mutchler Deerin
Meghan Mutchler Deerin is Director of Research and Monitoring in the Washington, D.C. office. She conducts research and analysis of legislative issues and writes and edits bi-monthly newsletters and updates to clients and their membership.
Prior to joining F/S Capitol, Meghan was a news reporter, writing for both print and Internet news outlets, including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and several national magazines. Over the years, she has covered a broad range of beats, including local government, schools, business, crime and features.
Meghan covered education at the regional and state levels in Chicago, detailing ongoing battles in the state legislature over proposed school funding reform. She wrote daily stories and front-page centerpieces on the area’s chronically cash-strapped public schools. Her article on a college incentive program in an impoverished Chicago suburb appeared as the cover story of the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine.
At The New York Times Washington Bureau, Meghan wrote features for the National section, leading the National page with an article on the controversy over the proposed Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Meghan also wrote front-page features for the Times Business section.
Meghan received her B.A. in English from Boston College in 1992, cum laude.
Jack S. Teear
Jack Teear joined F/S Capitol Consulting, LLC in 2014. He acts as a liaison between the client and the Rhode Island Legislature, keeping them up-to-date of all bill movement and committee hearings. Jack also attends meetings and hearings on behalf of clients, and conducts research on client policy issues.
Prior to joining F/S Capitol, Jack was an intern researcher at the Rhode Island State Archives. He also worked as a communications campaign staffer for the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, writing literature for candidates running for local, state legislature and statewide office.
Jack received his B.A. in 2013 from the University of Derby in the United Kingdom, and studied American Government and History at Keene State College in New Hampshire.