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GAIL B. GORDON

Gail B. Gordon, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, is of counsel to the law firm of Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader, LLC. She also has her own consulting firm servicing clients in NJ, NY, and PA. She began her professional career working for Dick Thornburgh, two-term Republican governor of Pennsylvania and attorney general of the United States under Presidents Reagan and Bush. In the late 80s, she joined the New York PR firm of Howard J Rubenstein Associates, eventually becoming the firm's youngest senior vice president, working with clients with particular "crisis" or "image" issues, including tobacco companies. She left the firm to work with NFL superstar Nick Buoniconti to found the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami, which is today the largest spinal cord research center in the world.

While attending law school, Gordon helped found the Mario Lemieux Foundation and worked closely with the press when Lemieux purchased the Pittsburgh Penguin hockey team in 2000. Although an attorney in private practice, she was active with the presidential campaign of NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani, served on the Finance Committee for (now NJ Governor) Chris Christie and co-chaired the U.S. Senate campaign of state Senator Joe Kyrillos. She most recently served a leadership role in former Governor Jeb Bush's east coast Presidential campaign. 

Gordon was named #49 on PolitickerNJ's 100 Most Powerful People in New Jersey list in 2015. The same publication named her one of the "Thirty Most Influential Women in New Jersey Politics" that year.  She previously served as vice chairman of the New Jersey Hall of Fame and a member of the advisory board of Second Floor – New Jersey young adult crisis hotline. She serves as a founding member of the Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law & Public Policy at the University of Pittsburgh.  She chaired the 2011 and 2012 Governor's Conference for Women.

Gordon was honored by the Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey with the Carol J. Murphy Award, presented to a Republican woman who has had a successful career, demonstrated leadership, advanced policies in support of women and families, and helped to pave the way for the next generation of women.  She is on the finance board of Community Options, a charity focused on housing and employment for persons with disabilities, and she and her husband, Senator Bob Gordon, chair a 5K race on Valentine's Day to serve that cause. She and Bob were recently presented with the Betty Pendler Award by Community Options in honor of their contributions. She is also a prolific public speaker on a variety of topics who has been featured on panels at Rutgers, Berkeley College, University of Pittsburgh and Yale University.