Branden Ritchie, Majority Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel

Branden Ritchie, Majority Deputy Chief of Staff and General Counsel
National Journal
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Fawn Johnson
Dec. 11, 2013, 3 p.m.

Ritch­ie, 39, is an Elvis im­per­son­at­or. He also man­ages the vast le­gis­lat­ive port­fo­lio of the com­mit­tee. He car­ries a fake Elvis Pres­ley ID in his wal­let. When he was in high school, he says he and a friend teamed up to rent them­selves out to parties as im­per­son­at­ors. He still breaks out his Elvis act for fam­ily and staff, but his love for Elvis is not ex­clus­ive. Next to the Elvis photo in his wal­let, he car­ries the busi­ness card

that his fu­ture wife gave him when they met. They have two chil­dren.

Ritch­ie in­terned in Good­latte’s dis­trict of­fice in 1996 be­fore law school, then spent three years at the Pat­ent and Trade­mark Of­fice. When he learned that Good­latte’s chief of staff had resigned to run for the Vir­gin­ia Le­gis­lature, he phoned Shel­ley Hus­band to ask about an open­ing. His tim­ing was per­fect. The of­fice was look­ing for a new leg­al coun­sel with pat­ent ex­per­i­ence. As a bo­nus, Ritch­ie grew up in Good­latte’s dis­trict.

He has been with Good­latte for 11 years.