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Brendan J. Flanagan Vice president, state and local affairs

As vice president of state and local affairs, Brendan Flanagan oversees industry advocacy in all 50 states as well as at the municipal/city level. He advocates on behalf of the restaurant industry on a range of issues, including health care, starting wage, union organization and paid leave.

Flanagan has represented the restaurant industry on federal and state government issues for 17 years.

He previously served as primary federal lobbyist for National Restaurant Association on Capitol Hill. A key player in several leading business alliances, he has chaired the Coalition for Job Opportunities (starting wage), served on the executive committee of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (union card check), and has been a steering committee member of the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition.

Before joining the NRA staff, Flanagan was a lobbyist with the International Franchise Association, where he represented national and international retail chain businesses before Congress. He was responsible for tax issues, including depreciation and business-meal deductibility, as well as matters pertaining to franchise-relationship laws.

Flanagan spent six years as a lobbyist for the Restaurant Association of Maryland. He represented the industry on living-wage and health-care mandates, smoking and alcohol issues and meals taxes.

He also was a legislative aide for U.S. Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-Md.) and Maryland State Sen. Leo Green (D). Flanagan is a graduate of the University of Maryland.

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