Obama names liaison to Jewish Community

Sen. Barack Obama  named a top adviser to a retired Jewish congressman as his campaign’s liaison to the Jewish community.

Eric Lynn, who was a senior legislative assistant to Rep. Peter Deutsch (D-Fla.) will also serve as Obama’s adviser on Middle East policy. Like Obama, Lynn has been a community activist in Chicago. He has also been involved in a number of pro-Israel groups.


Eric Lynn advises governmental entities, non-profit organizations, and corporations on domestic and international public policy.

Mr. Lynn counsels clients on public policy initiatives and legislative and regulatory changes in the areas of homeland security, transportation, energy, federal funding, and international development.  His practice ranges from homeland security and disaster preparedness to renewable energy policy initiatives on both the federal and local government level.   A St. Petersburg, Florida native, Mr. Lynn also works on behalf of Pinellas County to help ensure federal support for county priorities.

Before joining Patton Boggs, Mr. Lynn served as Senior Legislative Assistant to Congressman Peter Deutsch of Florida.  In this position, he advised the Congressman on a range of legislative issues within the jurisdiction of the Energy and Commerce Committee, such as homeland security, energy, trade, and oversight and investigations.  He also served as the top policy advisor on foreign policy, defense, immigration, taxation, and the federal budget.  During his tenure as staff in the House of Representatives, Mr. Lynn led international Congressional Delegations and participated in a number of Congressional investigations, including Enron, Qwest, ImClone and domestic port security.

Mr. Lynn has represented indigent juvenile defendants before the DC Superior Court.  Previously, he served as Executive Director of City Political Action Committee in Chicago, Illinois and as director of marketing research for an Israeli corporation.  Mr. Lynn has also held staff positions on political campaigns and for the Florida Democratic Party.