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Bernie Toon has served over 30 years in Washington, DC, including senior positions in the executive branch, both houses of the U.S. Congress, and the private sector. He is a founding partner of The FIRST Group, a bi-partisan communications, government relations and strategic planning firm. Prior to this, he was a principal vice president and manager of the Washington, DC office of Bechtel Corporation – one of the world’s largest global engineering and construction companies.

Toon began his service in DC as a Presidential Management Intern in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has served as the chief of staff to U.S. Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Joe Biden (D-DE), and Bill Bradley (D-NJ). His Capitol Hill service also includes stints as a senior professional staff member with the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Toon worked at the Indiana law firm of Baker and Daniels, and as a senior policy advisor and campaign manager for Governor Joe Kernan (D-IN). He also served as U.S. Representative Tim Roemer’s (D-IN) chief of staff, and has managed campaigns for the U.S. Senate, Governor, and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Toon holds a BA in Political Science and an MPA in Public Finance, both from Indiana University.