Richard T. Thigpen was named vice president – state governmental affairs of PSEG Services Corporation, in March 2007. He has been a public affairs consultant since 1999 and was a co-founding partner of 1868 Public Affairs LLC, which provides lobbying, strategic planning, public relations and government relations services to clients in New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C.
Previously, Mr. Thigpen served as an associate at the New York law firm of Thacher Proffitt and Wood in the mortgage-backed securities practice group (1988 to 1990) and was the district director for Congressman Donald Payne (NJ-10) (1990 to 1996). Mr. Thigpen was also the executive director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (1996 to 1999) and also served as a political analyst for New Jersey Network Television News and as an academic associate for PublicMind, Fairleigh Dickinson University Polling and Survey Research Institute.
Mr. Thigpen holds a Doctor of Law degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brown University in Rhode Island.