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Emily Kirlin

Emily Kirlin

Prior to joining Peck Madigan Jones, Emily Kirlin served as Director of Members Services for Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX). She has worked in the Senate Whips office for 6 years for both Senators Kyl (R-AZ) and Cornyn, and began working in the Senate for her home state Senator, Lamar Alexander (R-TN).

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At a Glance

Career Highlights

  • Director of Member Services, Majority Whip Senator John Cornyn
  • Whip Liaison, Minority Whip Senator Jon Kyl
  • Internal Communications Advisor, Senate Republican Conference Chairman Senator Lamar Alexander

Key Legislation

  • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
  • Budget Reconciliation
  • Trade Promotion Authority
  • Supreme Court, Circuit Court, District Court, and Cabinet nominations
  • Senate Rules and Procedures


  • University of Tennessee


Emily Kirlin joined Peck Madigan Jones after more than a decade serving as senior staff in multiple Senate Republican Leadership offices. Throughout her tenure, Emily earned a reputation as a trusted confidante among Senators and their staff as someone who “knows where the votes are.”

She most recently served as Director of Member Services for Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, where she was responsible for working with Senate Leadership, members of the Deputy Whip Team and Republican conference on Senate procedure and strategy. Emily also directed legislative outreach with members for the Republican Whip – requiring close coordination with senior staff in every Republican office and on every committee – as well as serving as a liaison to Senate floor staff.

Before joining Senator Cornyn’s whip operation in 2013, Emily was the Whip Liaison for then-Republican Whip Senator Jon Kyl.  In her time on Capitol Hill, Emily was involved in vote counting efforts in both the majority and minority, ranging from procedural hurdles to Supreme Court nominees and reconciliation votes, including numerous vote-a-ramas.  She has secured votes for legislative initiatives from health care to trade agreements to the recent passage of comprehensive tax reform.  Emily started her congressional career at the Senate Republican Conference under HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander where she coordinated and created strategies to promote the Republican agenda. 

A proud graduate of the University of Tennessee, Emily and her family reside in Washington, DC.