Tom Byrnes is a seasoned Capitol Hill veteran and accomplished expert in how to advance complicated business, real estate and public policy initiatives through every level of government in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Tom played an integral and often deciding role in some of the most significant economic development successes in one of the most affluent and fastest growing Washington, DC exurbs for nearly a decade and a half.
Among his many accomplishments, Tom led and managed the successful campaign to extend the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) commuter rail service serving Washington, DC further south to Spotsylvania County, VA. The new station opened in late 2015 and marked the first successful extension of the rail line since the system opened in 1992, and after years of unsuccessful expansion attempts.
Tom ran one of the most successful political consulting and government relations businesses in Virginia for 14 years. THOS. M. BYRNES, LLC amassed a commanding record of success in developing and managing strategies to win business and political campaigns, multi-million dollar government contracts, project-enabling economic development incentives and both government approvals and public support for major real estate and public infrastructure initiatives.
Within a year of the new VRE station opening, in October of 2016, Tom accepted a position with Richmond, VA Mayor Dwight C. Jones in the office of his press secretary and served as the city’s highest-ranking communications manager among other city departments. In January of 2017, Tom was retained in this position by newly elected Mayor Levar M. Stoney and now also serves as his deputy press secretary.
Tom’s success is grounded in his communications prowess and unique ability to create winning marketing campaigns in support of winning strategies. Prior to his decision to serve again in government for the City of Richmond, Tom's expertise was utilized by a wide variety of public and private interests to establish or re-establish business identities, move public opinion, generate support for economic development initiatives and to win elections, RFP contracts and real estate re-zoning approvals.
Tom Byrnes has strong bipartisan relationships at every level of government. In the United States Congress, he worked for the leadership in both the US Senate and US House of Representatives. As a consultant, Tom was a member of the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) and was registered there with a non-party, independent affiliation. He is currently an active member of PRSA, the Public Relations Society of America. MORE>
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