James "Jimmy" Hayes is of counsel to Herrick’s Government Relations Group.

Government Experience
Jimmy is a former five-term member of the U.S. Congress, representing Louisiana’s 7th Congressional District from 1987 to 1997. Originally a Democrat, in 1995 he moved to the Republican party. While in Congress he served on several key committees including the Committee on Ways and Means, the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology; and the Committee on Government Operations. After leaving Congress, Jimmy was a Board Member of the U.S. Capital Historical Society as well as the National First Ladies Library.

Prior to serving in Congress, Jimmy practiced law in Louisiana and was an assistant district attorney. He is also a former commissioner of Securities for the State of Louisiana, who co-authored the current Louisiana Securities Code, as well as the Louisiana Banking Act. Jimmy is also a former commissioner of Louisiana’s Office of Financial Institutions, which licenses and supervises entities which provide financial services to citizens of the state.

Federal Policy and Lobbying
Jimmy is active in federal politics, policy and lobbying. He provides strategic advice and policy guidance to clients in a wide range of industries, including retail, communications, manufacturing, maritime and gaming. In addition to his work at Herrick, Jimmy is the Managing Member at Washington Matters, LLC a firm that offers consultant services in Washington D.C.