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GMA Hires Denzel McGuire as EVP of Government Relations

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Brian Kennedy

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today announced that Denzel E. McGuire, a highly regarded Capitol Hill staff leader and policy advisor, will be the Association’s Executive Vice President of Government Relations beginning January 5th.

“Denzel McGuire has 20 years of experience in Congress working on a full range of policy issues. She is widely recognized as a masterful negotiator, outstanding legislative strategist and consensus builder,” said Pamela G. Bailey, GMA president and CEO. “Denzel’s experience in both the Senate and House and her leadership on passage of a wide array of legislation will be invaluable in the legislative and policy efforts of the food, beverage and consumer products industry.”

McGuire served the past four years as policy advisor to incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has praised her determination, leadership and work on some of the thorniest legislative matters facing the Congress. Prior to joining McConnell’s staff, McGuire served as deputy chief of staff and policy director for Sen. John Kyl when he was Senate Republican Whip, and earlier served Sen. Judd Gregg as minority staff director of the Senate Budget Committee.

She worked for five years as a key education policy leader on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and before that served as staff member on the House Education and the Workforce Committee. McGuire began her Hill career as a legislative correspondent and press assistant for Rep. Bob Goodlatte. 

McGuire will lead and oversee GMA’s policy and advocacy work at the federal, state and local level. She will be a member of the GMA Senior Leadership Team and report to Bailey.

“I am pleased and proud to be joining GMA and look forward to helping GMA and its member companies on public policy solutions that provide consumers with safe, affordable and healthy choices for food, beverages and consumer products,” McGuire said.

McGuire is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in government. 


 Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe. 

 Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day.  The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders. 

 In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.  The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year.