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Shanti Stanton: 40 Under 40

The young lobbyists with the most influence in Washington

Name: Shanti Stanton
Firm: Elmendorf Ryan
Age: 39

Tony and Heather Podesta may be Washington’s favorite lobbying power couple, but Matt and Shanti Stanton also make an impressive husband/wife duo. Shanti, an expert in House floor procedures after serving eight years with former Democratic leader Richard Gephardt, was one of the first lobbyists whom veteran Washington powerbroker Steve Elmendorf hired for his firm. Since joining him in 2007, Elmendorf says Shanti has been a consistent source of new business. He also praises her relationships with so-called Blue Dog Democrats. Shanti, a self-proclaimed generalist, lobbies for such companies as Delta, MillerCoors, and Microsoft.

This article appears in the June 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.

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