Howard Schweitzer

Member, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Recent Publication:

Cozen Currents: Process Trumps Substance on the Debt Limit

“When listening to the histrionics surrounding the latest debt limit showdown, it’s important to take a deep breath and remember that as with most things in DC, process tends to trump substance.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Howard is CEO of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies and served in high-level political and executive appointments in the Bush, Clinton, and Obama administrations, including a pivotal role in the federal government’s financial crisis response as Chief Operating Officer of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Howard counsels clients regarding a variety of regulatory and policy issues before the U.S. government and represents clients before U.S. Executive Branch agencies and Congress. 

In October 2008, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson appointed Howard as the first COO of TARP. In this position, Howard led program execution and built the TARP infrastructure. He served as a key point person regarding the financial crisis through the presidential transition and continued to serve as TARP COO under Secretary Timothy Geithner until August 2009. In this position, Howard played a critical role in overseeing the program administration and was responsible for ensuring that multiple agencies and government parties were aligned and coordinated in their understanding of the program and its priorities.

Prior to his Treasury appointment, Howard was appointed by President Bush as senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary, and chief ethics officer at the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). In this capacity, he was Ex-Im Bank's principal legal and corporate governance officer. Howard began his career at Ex-Im Bank during the Clinton administration and throughout his tenure was involved in negotiating the bank's most complex international financial transactions. Howard also played a key role in managing the bank's $60 billion credit portfolio and in interfacing with other executive branch agencies and Congress. Howard served as a trusted adviser to five bank chief executives in both Republican and Democratic administrations and ran the Senate confirmation process for more than 20 presidential nominees.

Upon his departure from the Treasury, Secretary Geithner awarded Howard the Treasury's Distinguished Service Award for his role in creating TARP and responding to the financial crisis. He also received the Export-Import Bank Chairman's Award in 2003 for his service to the U.S. exporting community.

Howard often contributes political and policy commentary to various leading TV, print, and radio media. His appearances include op-eds in Fortune, Forbes and The Daily Caller; guest slots on CNN and POTUS Politics; and commentary in The Washington Post and CNN. He also co-leads Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies’ political series and podcast, which provides analysis and insight on political and policy developments in Washington.

He earned his law degree from George Washington University Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in history, with distinction, from the University of Michigan.

Experience

News

These 12 Lobbyists are Fighting to Shape Cryptocurrency's Future on Capitol Hill

October 19, 2021

Howard Schweitzer and Patrick Martin, respectively CEO and Managing Director of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, were featured in Business Insider as two of the 12 influential digital-currency advocates and lobbyists who are shaping the cryptocurrency discourse on Capitol Hill.

Bitcoin Fans Are Suddenly a Political Force

August 16, 2021

Howard Schweitzer was quoted in the Wall Street Journal discussing the impact cryptocurrency has had on politics lately.

Election-Reform Debate Poses Risks for Companies that Weigh in on Legislation

April 15, 2021

Howard Schweitzer was quoted in an article by Investment News arguing that one of the biggest challenges facing big businesses today is determining whether they should speak out on election reform laws that are proliferating across the country.

Can an Employer Fire Workers Who Are Scared to Return to the Office?

March 01, 2021

Howard Schweitzer and Michael Schmidt were quoted in SHRM discussing what businesses should do if an employee refuses to come back to work when they re-open.

Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Lockdowns

January 22, 2021

Howard Schweiter and Michael Schmidt were quoted in SHRM about what employers have learned during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Making the Push

February 03, 2020

In its January 2020 edition, the Chicago Lawyer magazine highlights the work of the Chicago office of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, particularly Darren Collier’s efforts to shape the 2020 legislative agenda.

Publications

Cozen Currents: Process Trumps Substance on the Debt Limit

January 24, 2023

“When listening to the histrionics surrounding the latest debt limit showdown, it’s important to take a deep breath and remember that as with most things in DC, process tends to trump substance.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: Trump is Biden's Best (and Worst) Case for Re-election

January 17, 2023

“President Biden’s best case for re-election is that he’s not Donald Trump. Perhaps his biggest risk for re-election is that Trump’s relevance appears to be waning even if MAGA ideology and MAGA voters aren’t.”

Cozen Currents: How Things Will Get Done in a Divided Congress

January 10, 2023

“The first week of the 118th Congress starkly demonstrated that Democrats do not have a monopoly on disarray. But just like in nature, politics abhors a vacuum, and the key as always to navigating Congress is appealing to enough interests among the differing factions.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

New Congress, New Investigations [Alert]

January 10, 2023

Kevin McCarthy finally clinched the Speaker’s gavel and swore in members of the 118th Congress, which ushers in a new period of Congressional investigations.

Cozen Currents - 2023: The Year of the Moderates?

December 13, 2022

“Populism isn’t abating, but moderation is back in vogue.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: How Corporations Need to Navigate a Divided Congress

December 06, 2022

“A lot of things will change with the return of a divided Congress next year, and corporations will be in the center of the bullseye for both the left and the right.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: The Fed, Crypto, and Big Tech Race Post-Election Politics

November 22, 2022

“The election may be in the rearview mirror, but the economy and industry have to navigate the shifting politics that now lie ahead.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: November 15, 2022

November 15, 2022

“While neither Joe Biden nor Donald Trump were officially on the ballot last week, Bidenism and Trumpism were.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: Separating Signal From Noise in Tonight's Results

November 08, 2022

“It has become increasingly difficult to separate the signal from the noise on Election Night. But knowing what to watch for tonight will provide insight into how the next two years will unfold.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: Midterm Elections - Do the Issues or Candidates Matter More?

November 01, 2022

“Midterm elections are traditionally a referendum on the party in power and this year is no different, giving the GOP the better macro narrative. But in an age of hyper-polarization when the country is so closely divided, poor candidate quality in races on the margin could make the difference.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: Industrial Policy is Back

October 25, 2022

“Two of the few things both Democrats and Republicans agree on today in Washington are supporting domestic manufacturing and being tough on China. When you put these two together, the result is the rebirth of US industrial policy.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: The Politics of Democracy

October 11, 2022

“The increasing politicization of America’s traditionally independent institutions is at the root of concerns over the perceived rising risk to American democracy itself.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: Do Election Polls Matter Anymore?

October 04, 2022

“While bipartisan legislative victories are still possible under a divided government, the Biden administration will likely need to shift its focus to its executive powers to continue to pursue its partisan agenda in the wake of the midterms.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: The Changing Politics of Crises

September 27, 2022

“Crises like climate change and the pandemic are shifting the battle lines in partisan politics while also putting pressure on CEOs to fill the void left by politicians to solve societal problems.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: Are Democrats Overplaying Their Hand?

September 20, 2022

“Inflation appears to be both an intractable economic and political problem right now, likely weighing heavily on Democrats’ prospects in this fall’s midterm elections. But how inflation looks in 2024, not 2022, matters far more in terms of the success of Joe Biden’s presidency.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: Why Do People Hate President Biden?

September 13, 2022

“Republican animus towards Joe Biden is visceral, but not personal. Biden is a proxy, rather than a direct source, of GOP anger.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: One Nation, Deeply Divided, But Evenly Split

July 26, 2022

“Although America is highly polarized, it is also relatively evenly divided. So while there is unlikely to be any dominating national issue that swings the midterm elections, a single marginal issue could still ultimately determine control of Congress.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: 2024's Bull Market for Presidential Candidates

July 19, 2022

“Joe Biden and Donald Trump are the most likely presidential nominees for 2024 despite being the most unpopular presidential candidates ever.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: The Narrowing Legislative Window

July 12, 2022

“Otto von Bismarck famously said, ‘Politics is the art of the possible.’ However, as November’s midterm elections draw closer, the realm of the possible is quickly narrowing.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: Are Republicans Able to Have Trumpism Without Trump?

June 28, 2022

“Ever Since Donald Trump left the White House, the top political question has been ‘Will Trump run again?’ In the wake of the January 6th congressional hearings though, another question is increasingly on Republicans’ minds: ‘Is it politically possible to embrace Trumpism while simultaneously rejecting Trump?’” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: The Coming Biden Reset

June 22, 2022

“The midterm elections are a natural point for the Biden administration to pivot in terms of both personnel and policy. The White House itself will tack to the center in preparation for the president’s re-election campaign, but Biden’s regulators will continue to pursue an aggressive progressive agenda.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: Democrats May Be Down But Are Not Out

June 14, 2022

“Democrats are fretting the midterm elections and Republicans are licking their chops. But for anyone already anticipating total gridlock inside the Beltway, it would be wise to remember that Democrats still have unified control of government for the time being and will still control the White House at least through 2024.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: Guns in America: How Did We Get Here?

June 07, 2022

“As Republicans and Democrats once again try to find common ground on gun reforms, albeit with modest expectations, they continue to wrestle with the root causes of America’s undeniable status as a global outlier on gun deaths and mass shootings.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: Democrats Continue to Face Uphill Battle Despite GOP's Unforced Errors

May 24, 2022

“Despite the headwinds Democrats face going into November, Republicans are doing their best to save Democrats from themselves by putting forward extreme candidates whose principal qualification for office seems to be whether they support former President Trump’s false claim of victory in 2020.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: Is Joe Biden Going the Way of Jimmy Carter?

May 17, 2022

“Inflation appears to be both an intractable economic and political problem right now, likely weighing heavily on Democrats’ prospects in this fall’s midterm elections. But how inflation looks in 2024, not 2022, matters far more in terms of the success of Joe Biden’s presidency.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents:The Politics of Controversy

May 10, 2022

“Controversy — and efforts to politically capitalize on it — remains one of the only constants in Washington.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Cozen Currents: Why Biden (and Trump) Aren't Going Anywhere

May 03, 2022

“Joe Biden and Donald Trump are shadow boxing in the 2022 midterm elections even though neither of them are formally on the ballot. And contrary to conventional wisdom, they are likely to face a real re-match in 2024.” — Howard Schweitzer, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

The Beltway Briefing - Return of the Old-School Political Scandal

February 21, 2021

Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, Patrick Martin, and Stuart Shorenstein discuss the impact of the current scandals and whether they seem to indicate the return to old-school, rough-and-tumble, hardball-style politics.

Summary and Analysis of Key Provisions of the CARES Act

March 28, 2020

Members of Cozen O'Connor's Coronavirus Task Force provide analysis of the CARES Act and how it will impact small businesses, distressed industries, employers and employees, taxes, and the health care, real estates, and energy industries.

The Beltway Briefing – Latest Trump Administration & Congress News, 2020 Primaries & Predictions

February 21, 2019

On our second Beltway Briefing of the new year, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, and Kaitlyn Martin discussed the latest news from the Trump Administration and the 116th Congress, broke down the most recent developments in the 2020 primaries (which seem to be in full force!), and predicted what we could expect in the months ahead.

The Beltway Briefing – New Year, New Congress, Same Government Shutdown

January 09, 2019

On our first Beltway Briefing of the new year, Howard Schweitzer, Blake Rutherford, and Kaitlyn Martin discuss where Washington stands on Day 19 of this partial government shutdown (with seemingly no end in sight), what bipartisan legislation might look like from the new 116th Congress, and how the Democratic presidential politics of 2020 are beginning to shape up.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections - Post Election: Where Are We Now

November 08, 2018

On our final episode of The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections, Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer, and Blake Rutherford analyze Tuesday’s election results with a view toward how the outcomes will impact policymaking in Washington heading into 2019. The team also discusses the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and look forward to what the 2020 presidential election may bring.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Live Election Day Edition

November 06, 2018

On today’s special, live election day edition of our Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford give their final predictions and analysis before polls close.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Less Than a Week to Go

October 31, 2018

On this week’s (Halloween!) edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer, and Blake Rutherford discuss the state of the midterms with less than 7 days until the ballots are counted.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections - Special General Election Edition

October 30, 2018

On this podcast, Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies Managing Partner Howard Schweitzer and Former Virginia Attorney General and member of the Cozen O’Connor State AG group Jerry Kilgore join Blake Rutherford to discuss the highlights of key incumbent and open seat races in the 31 State AG elections in 2018.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – 19 Days Left

October 17, 2018

On this week’s edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Howard Schweitzer, Blake Rutherford, Kaitlyn Martin, and Hope Sheils discuss the state of the midterms with only 19 days left to go.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Kavanaugh is In, What’s Next?

October 11, 2018

On this week’s edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterms podcast, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford discuss fresh polling numbers and campaign messaging in the wake of the Kavanaugh nomination.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Kavanaugh, Midterms and Millennials

October 03, 2018

On this week’s edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Kaitlyn Martin discuss the continuing controversy surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and what it means for the midterm elections.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Rosenstein Revelations, This Week’s Brett Kavanaugh Hearings, and Midterm Analysis

September 24, 2018

On this week’s call, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, and Kaitlyn Martin discuss the breaking news surrounding Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in light of revelations he’s discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office, the ongoing news surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, and the lens through which voters may view this ongoing “chaos in Washington” heading into November.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – SCOTUS, Tariffs, and November Impacts

September 18, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford discussed the uncertain path forward with Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and the Trump Administrations’ new round of tariffs on China – and the ways these issues could influence the midterm elections. Howard, Mark and Blake also examined the latest polling and fundraising data in key Senate, House, and Governor’s races.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Is a Blue Wave Coming?

September 13, 2018

It’s 53 days until the midterms, and with seemingly every day bringing new breaking news about the president, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic Strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden presidential transition team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford had a lot to discuss.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Two Months to November

August 29, 2018

With a little over two months to go before the midterm election, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer and Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman discuss some of their predictions for November and analyze several highly-watched races that could tip the balance of power in Washington.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Special Pennsylvania Politics Edition

August 22, 2018

On this special edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Howard Schweitzer, CPS’s managing partner, interviews Jim Davis, director of our Pennsylvania Public Strategies practice, about the current political climate in Pennsylvania.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Special New York Politics Edition

August 15, 2018

On this special edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections call, Howard Schweitzer, CPS’s Managing Partner, interviews Katie Schwab, Rose Christ and Ken Fisher of our New York City office about the current political climate in New York, the recent activism we’ve been seeing by the City Council and Mayor’s Office – particularly as it relates to the “disruptors” like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb – and the team’s thoughts on the closely-watched Governor and State Attorneys General races in New York.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – The Midterm Impacts of Trump’s Trade, Immigration & Health Care Policies

July 24, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford analyzed the impacts President Trump’s trade, immigration and health care policies are likely to have on local races this November.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections: Fallout from Helsinki, Nomination of Kavanaugh & November Impact

July 18, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford discussed the fallout from President Trump’s meeting this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, reaction to Trump’s nomination of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, and the ways these issues and more could move voters in November.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – A Focus on the Senate Map

June 14, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford break down the top U.S. Senate races to watch and began making their predictions for November.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Super Tuesday

June 05, 2018

The Super Tuesday of 2018 has arrived and today, voters in eight states go to the polls to cast votes in highly watched primary elections.

The Beltway Briefing – Welcome, Senator Evan Bayh

May 17, 2018

On today’s call, we welcomed a special guest – former two-term U.S. Senator and Governor of Indiana Evan Bayh, who recently joined Cozen O’Connor and Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies. Joining Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford, Senator Bayh shared insights from his time serving on the Senate Intelligence Committee and underscored his support for the confirmation of Gina Haspel as the next Director of the CIA. The conversation touched on the Trump administration’s impact on international affairs, as well as the economy.

The Beltway Briefing - Charting the Changing Personnel Dynamics within the Trump White House

April 05, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford walk through the ever-changing personnel dynamics within the Trump White House, including who’s left from the president’s original cabinet and West Wing staff, who’s new, and why it matters for future policy decisions.

President Proposes Boost to Maritime Infrastructure Investment [Public Strategies Alert]

March 01, 2018

Howard Schweitzer, Robert Freeman, and Jeff Vogel discuss the president's "Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America."

Beltway Briefing: February 26

February 26, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford discuss the politics of the day including the potential for Congress to pass meaningful gun control and immigration reform measures, redistricting in Pennsylvania, and the White House’s recently-released infrastructure proposal – all against the backdrop of the 2018 Midterm elections.

The White House’s Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America [Public Strategies Alert]

February 15, 2018

Howard Schweitzer and Rob Freeman discusses the Trump administration’s highly anticipated “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America,” a 53-page document highlighting the White House’s core principles for rebuilding and revitalizing the nation’s aging infrastructure.

The Beltway Briefing – The State of the State of the Union

February 07, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford share reactions from last week’s State of the Union Address, explore the likelihood of a government shutdown and analyze the outlook for the 2018 Midterm elections.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Health Law 2021

December 07, 2020 - Webinar

Executive Forum: Insights into the Region

September 30, 2020 - Webinar

2019 Richmond Subrogation Seminar

October 16, 2019 - Richmond, VA

Beltway Briefing: February 21

February 21, 2019 - Conference Call/Podcast

The Beltway Briefing: New Year, New Congress

January 09, 2019 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections Call

July 18, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing Our Next Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections

June 26, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections

June 14, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: May 17

May 17, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Policy Spotlight Call: The Politics and Policy of Cannabis

April 25, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: April 5

April 05, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: March 14 2018

March 14, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: February 26

February 26, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1995
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1991
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey