"HANGING" JOHN CULVER
Arent Fox has such a strong government relations practice, on Tuesday night a fair bit of the Senate seemed to come to it, rather than vice versa. The occasion? 120 of former Iowa Senator John Culver’s friends, family, and colleagues gathered for his portrait hanging, marking his 25 years at the firm and his 75th birthday. Hey, he even had state capital representation—in the form of his son, current Iowa Governor Chet Culver. Now, lest you think there’s a Democratic tilt in the pictures below (having to do with the honoree’s affiliation), don’t forget, Republican presidential wannabee Fred Thompson also practiced at Arent Fox. A true politician, Culver created a bipartisan practice!
Iowa Governor Chet Culver, former Senator Culver, Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, and Arent Fox Chairman Mark Fleischaker at Arent Fox offices on Tuesday.
Kennedy and Culver have remained close friends since playing football together at Harvard in the ‘50s. Ted said John has always been a man of such integrity he even asked him to help manage a Kennedy family trust, but added that he still hasn’t “seen a nickel” of that money! Governor Culver, America’s second youngest governor, said his dad is known to get a bit “intense” at times. He recalled when a news reporter, knowing Senator Culver had a temper, asked him what sort of things set it off. Senator Culver replied matter-of-factly, “Actually, I handle it on a case by case basis.”
Arent Fox Managing Partner Bill Charyk, portrait committee chief (and rising Arent Star) Jon Bouker, and former Arkansas Senator Dale Bumpers.
Senator Bumpers said John is one of the “most cerebral people” he’s ever met. He came to the Senate with him in 1974 and said he joined Arent Fox years later because John was there, too.
Iowa Senator Tom Harkin and Presidential hopeful Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd.
A commissioned portrait and unveiling ceremony, just like they’d do at the Senate! Culver and sons John Vincent and Chet unveil the portrait. Senator Culver joked that the painting was the easiest way of dropping 15 pounds he’s ever tried.