IPCPR Legislative | Legislative Team

Legislative Team

Daniel Trope

Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs


Daniel Trope joins the legislative team at the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) as Director of Federal Government Affairs. Prior to joining the association, Daniel served as the Director of Government Relations for Royal TenCate (USA) Inc., an engineered textiles and materials manufacturing company headquartered in the Netherlands. As director, Daniel was the sole representative for TenCate’s federal interests, pursuing and tracking the company’s legislative and regulatory priorities across a number of diverse policy areas on and off Capitol Hill. He also created and directed the company’s first political action committee, TenCate PAC.  Previously, Daniel worked on the legislative staff for Senator Evan Bayh, supporting the Senator’s armed services, national security, and homeland security portfolio.


Daniel originally hails from Overland Park, Kansas and received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University.  He and his fiancé Lindsay live in Washington, DC with their two dogs. Daniel spends his free time enjoying college basketball, being active outdoors and traveling to new places. Daniel can be reached at Daniel@ipcpr.org.

Rachel Hyde

Senior Director, State Government Affairs


rachel_hydeRachel Hyde joined the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association’s (IPCPR) legislative team as their Legislative Affairs Manager in November 2013. Prior to joining IPCPR, Rachel worked in the State and Local Affairs Division of the National Rifle Association of America’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) where she analyzed and tracked legislation, developed issue advocacy and voter education campaigns, and managed PAC expenditures in 25 states.


Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia where she studied Government with a concentration in American Politics. A Charlottesville, Virginia native, Rachel now lives in Charleston, SC, with her fiancé, Nathan, and two dogs, Pumpkin and Woodrow. When she is not protecting your freedoms, Rachel enjoys indulging her wanderlust and doing outdoor activities. You can contact her at rachel@ipcpr.org.


Regional Representative

Brett Mecum

Regional Representative


Assistant, Federal Affairs

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