WASHINGTON — How a high-stakes high-profile Trump administration staffer became one of the key players in the development of a major piece of legislation in the administration’s final days, as a lobbyist for a powerful real estate company that would ultimately lose millions of dollars.
Robert S. Barrington, a former senior aide to President Donald Trump, was a key player in the process that led to the passage of the House of Representatives’ version of the AHCA, which Trump signed on Friday into law.
In his role as senior aide on the House’s legislation, Barrington served as the legislative affairs director on Trump’s economic team.
He had been with the Trump campaign before Trump took office, according to people familiar with his work.
He has worked in the private sector for decades and had extensive experience lobbying on behalf of the real estate industry, including lobbying for the Trump Organization.
He had served as a senior adviser to Trump’s campaign and on his transition team, according the Trump transition team.
His firm, Barbour Group, represents a wide range of real estate companies, including companies in the construction, development and tourism industries.
In addition to its lobbying work, Barbor has also been involved in the presidential transition, and was involved in discussions to make the president’s tax cuts permanent.
A former state legislator, Barrents experience in politics includes running for the Virginia State Senate in 2018, which he lost to incumbent Republican state Sen. George Allen.
He has worked as a private equity executive and as a registered lobbyist for several real estate interests.
A source familiar with the work said Barrington was hired as a top lobbyist for the AHC.
Barrington did not respond to a request for comment from The Washington Times seeking comment.
He declined to comment for this story.
The AHCA would provide tax relief for many middle-class families, including families with children.
But it would increase the estate tax, which currently applies only to estates valued at $5.5 million or more.
The bill also would require the president to submit to Congress an annual plan for determining the amount of tax relief and how much of that relief is allocated to households in low-income brackets.
House Republicans have been working to pass the bill, but the White House has said the legislation will not pass without significant changes.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he hopes to have the legislation passed by the end of the month, but Republicans have said they are considering delaying the bill to the middle of 2018.
Republicans have struggled to secure enough votes to pass a bill that includes a $1.5 trillion tax cut that would be partially offset by a new $5 trillion in infrastructure spending.
The tax cut would also benefit the wealthiest Americans.