Tom Reynolds
Tom Reynolds

Ex-New York Congressman Tom Reynolds represents Pakistan as the country seeks to improve its political and economic relationships with the US.

President Trump, who met with Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan in the Oval Office on July 21, cut the US $1.3B aid package to Pakistan last year because of ties that its intelligence services have with Islamic extremist groups.

During a Q&A session with reporters, Trump spoke of the “tremendous potential” in the US relationship with Pakistan, especially if it would use its influence with the Taliban to “help us to extricate ourselves” from Afghanistan and the 18-year war.

Reynolds, a senior policy advisor at Holland & Knight, began work July 19 on devising a public policy strategy for Pakistan under a one-year contract worth $1.1M.

Asad Khan, Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, signed the letter of engagement with Holland & Knight.

Reynolds, a Republican who represented the Buffalo and Rochester areas for 10 years, is joined on the Pakistan account by his one-time Congressional chief of staff, Sally Vastol; and Jodi Richardson (ex-aide to Indiana Senator Todd Young and former governor Mitch Daniels).