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Rocco Pugliese founded the firm of Pugliese Associates in 1980. 
Rocco has more than 26 years of lobbying and state government experience. Starting his working years in the mid-70’s employed in the State Senate; he was later hired as an aide to the House Transportation Committee.

Rocco graduated from Gannon University in 1975 with a BA in Political Science, and also holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Penn State University.

In his years of lobbying, Rocco has been active on a number of highly visible, diverse and complex issues. They include such topics as horseracing funding, corporate takeovers, appropriations, stadiums, tobacco settlement, capital budget appropriations, workers’ compensation, state procurement, and a variety of other policy or legislative issues.

Regarded as intense and having an astute political sense, Rocco brings to the table, an immeasurable amount of experience, relationships, and political understanding. This wealth of knowledge serves as a definitive asset when applied to the firm’s clients. Rocco was recently cited by the Pennsylvania Report, as one of the 100 political movers and shakers in Pennsylvania. In a Patriot-News article, Rocco was cited as “one who gives 100% to his clients”. 


Kim has been an associate with Pugliese Associates since October, 2000.

Prior to joining the firm, Kim was a contract lobbyist for Wyeth Ayerst/American Home Products, Schering Plough Pharmaceuticals, ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), Pennsylvania Health Care Technology Network, and Volunteer Clinics. Areas of concern she addressed on behalf of her clients ranged from prescription drug pricing to PACE expansion; medical malpractice in volunteer clinics to Lou Gehrig's Disease, as well as many others. Before moving into the private sector, Kim was appointed by the Governor's Office to serve as the Director of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Health, where she served for three years as the legislative liaison between the Department, the Governor's Office and the General Assembly on a variety of health-related issues.

Previous to joining the Administration, Kim was employed by the Senate of Pennsylvania as a staffer to Senator Dave Heckler of Bucks County.  She served as the Executive Director of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee and the Senate Law and Justice Committee.  Work in these committees included a diverse range of issues, such as rewriting the PACE program and creating PACENET, elderly drivers, medical history for adoptees, child abuse, elderly abuse and privatization of liquor stores.  Prior to the Senate, Kim was a staffer for Rep. Dave Heckler in the House of Representatives. Kim received her education from Penn State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

In her "spare time", she and husband Don wholeheartedly support their  family's athletic efforts. Her son, Ryan, recently graduated from Cumberland Valley High School and is headed to college in Williamsport, at Pennsylvania College of Technology, where he hopes to be skating for both ice and roller hockey.  Kim is involved in her daughter's cheerleading activities, serving as the Vice President of Cumberland Valley's high school cheerleading booster club. Katie cheers on the varsity squad for the high school program as well as competing on local, state and national levels, recently winning the MTV first place award in New York City



James P. (Jamie) Rooney joined our firm as an associate beginning in January of 2003, and has primary responsibility for the operations at the Pittsburgh office of Pugliese Associates, conveniently located in downtown Pittsburgh, in the Regional Enterprise Tower

Jamie’s twenty-two years of prior experience serving as Executive Assistant to US Representative William J. Coyne has equipped him with the expertise and aptitude to provide the professional service clients have learned to expect as customary.  In addition, many of his responsibilities as aide to the congressman offered him the opportunity to interact with both local and state elected officials in the Pittsburgh area.  

Prior to his tenure with the federal government, Jamie taught high school English for several years, in both public and parochial schools in the Pittsburgh area.   Jamie’s educational background includes both a bachelor and a master’s degree from Duquesne University.   He is co-founder of a non-profit organization, the Pittsburgh Harlequins Rugby Association, which runs rugby teams for inner city high school and community teams - and – he also serves as a referee for the sport.  

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Jamie and his wife Susan still reside in their “old neighborhood”.


Jim joined Pugliese Associates on October 1, 2003 as the firm’s Director of Procurement.  He brings 31 years of high-level state government experience he gained under 6 Governors – Shapp, Thornburgh, Casey, Ridge, Schweiker and Rendell.

Before joining the firm, Jim was appointed the Director of the Commonwealth Technology Center in Office of Administration by Governor Tom Ridge, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the center, which hosted the large mission critical Information Technology systems of the state.  This included all of the Commonwealth’s E-government and web systems, the ERP system known as Imagine PA, the email system for all Commonwealth employees, the Commonwealth network including the firewall, intrusion detection and anti-virus system.  The center also hosted the Statewide Radio System and JNET.  In addition, Jim was responsible to the day-to-day development and maintenance of the legacy administrative systems know as the Integrated Commonwealth System or ICS.

Jim earned a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s College in 1971; a Masters’ degree from St. Francis University in 1977; and a Certificate in Management Analysis and Computer Support from the University of Colorado in 1981; and a Certificated from the John F. Kennedy School of Government of the Harvard University in 1996.  Jim, who was born and raised in Phoenixville, PA, lives in Mechanicsburg with his wife Jan and twin daughters Amanda, Kate and son Liam.


Dan joined the firm on March 14, 2005 as an associate. Dan served 14 years as a member of the state House of Representatives. Since leaving the state House of Representatives in late 2002, Clark has kept a hand in state government as a member of the Independent Regulatory Review Commission. IRRC is the state agency that reviews and has final say on regulations promulgated by the various branches of state government. He was appointed to that position by House Speaker John Perzel. 

While serving in the General Assembly, Clark continued his private practice of law. In addition, he developed interests in commercial real estate developments in Juniata County. He also served as the county’s district attorney from 1984 until his election to the state House in 1988.  During his tenure in the state House, he served on the Commerce and Economic Development Committee, the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and the Judiciary Committee. In 1994, he used his legal skills as one of the House managers in the successful impeachment trial of former State Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen.Clark was instrumental in having improvements made to Route 22/322, the main highway artery through the 82nd House district, which led to easier travel for residents to State College and Harrisburg.


Sue Martin came on board at Pugliese Associates in February of 2001 as an Administrative Assistant, is now the office manager for the firm.

Sue worked for a short time with the General Assembly as a staff employee to Majority Whip, Representative Sam Smith. Prior to her employment with the House of Representative, Sue worked for nine years as a manager with FedEx. She brings to Pugliese Associates a wealth of computer skills as well as a profession management background that serves her well in her career with the firm.

Sue’s job with FedEx provided her and her family, including her husband and two children, Joe and Holly, with the opportunity to reside in several geographic locations including: Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and now Pennsylvania – where they have agreed to settle. What better way to really get to know the great state you live in than to get involved with the political side of things!


Linda joined the staff at Pugliese Associates in July of 2003 as the Administrative Assistant.

Linda’s diverse employment background and skills complement our administrative staff. Over the past 20 years her experience has included: Administrative Assistant and Treasurer of the Borough of West Reading Pennsylvania; Customer Service/Sales Rep for True Temper Hardware in Camp Hill and Tri Starr Metals in Charlotte, NC; and Circulation Department Manager at the Hershey Public Library. Linda also worked for a short time for the House of Representatives as an intern in the Legislative Office for Research Liaison.  She holds a BS in Public Policy from Penn State University.



Tom McCormac who joined the firm as a Partner in February of 2001 after serving as the Chief-of-Staff to the House Majority Leader, John Perzel for six and one-half years, died in a car accident on July 18. Tom was traveling with Rocco Pugliese from a legislative fundraiser in the Scranton area. Tom was 36 years of age. Tom was an inspiration to all of us; and, from a personal and professional perspective, Tom will be missed greatly. Tom's spirit will always be with us and will always be part of Pugliese Associates.



Pugliese Associates

500 North Third Street • Ninth Floor • Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone (717) 238-9078 • Fax (717) 238-7554

425 Sixth Avenue • Suite 2440 • Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone (412) 553-8995 • Fax (412) 553-8945