Former Chief of Staff to Virginia House of Delegates Majority Leader Bess Toole Joins McGuireWoods Consulting’s Richmond Office

December 19, 2022

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McGuireWoods Consulting has added Bess Toole, the former chief of staff to the Virginia House of Delegates Majority Leader Terry Kilgore, as a vice president in its Richmond office.

Bess joins MWC from the Leader’s office, where she ran the day-to-day operations and assisted Caucus leadership and members on policy development, communications, and re-election efforts.

Prior to joining the House Majority Leader’s office, Bess served as senior project manager at strategic and media consulting firm POOLHOUSE, where she led project oversight and client management for a variety of political candidates, advocacy groups and corporations nationwide. The firm worked on a number of high-profile races in 2021, including Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin.

Bess began her career working on various political campaigns throughout Virginia.

“Bess has distinguished herself as a highly regarded and connected policy maker at the state capital. Her experience working in the leadership of the General Assembly provides our clients with unique insight and a strategic advantage as we address public policy challenges in Virginia,” said McGuireWoods Consulting Chairman Mark Bowles.

“With her experience as chief of staff in the Majority Leader’s office, Bess has an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of the leadership and the key policy issues in Virginia. Bess will be an invaluable resource to our clients,” said Tray Adams, McGuireWoods Consulting Virginia team leader.

Bess received a B.A. from James Madison University.