Lamar Consulting is a full-service government affairs and public relations consulting firm representing a variety of clients before the General Assembly and state government. Lamar Consulting works with trade associations and businesses of all sizes to develop and advocate for good public policy in Virginia. We represent clients on issues related to energy, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, economic development, taxation, and more. In addition to direct lobbying, we work with clients to develop strategic communications priorities to leverage their needs with the media and public. Lamar Consulting helps you stay ahead of key legislative and regulatory proposals so that you can impact them before it's too late. Having spent several years each in political campaigns, policy development, legislative strategy, and public relations, Lamar Consulting has a unique understanding of government affairs and public relations and what it takes to be successful.
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Andrew brings more than 10 years of political and legislative experience to Lamar Consulting.
Prior to forming the company in 2012, Andrew served as Policy Advisor and Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs to the Governor of Virginia. In that role, he helped develop legislative strategy and oversaw coordination between the Governor's Office, the Cabinet and the General Assembly to advance the Governor's policy agenda. He advised the governor on policies related to energy, natural resources, technology, veterans’ affairs, and homeland security.
Andrew's extensive background in Virginia state government and politics includes serving as Campaign Manager for Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, William J. Howell. He also worked as a Government Affairs Associate for Rhumb Line in Richmond from 2007 to 2009 before serving on the record setting McDonnell for Governor campaign in 2009. Lamar has consulted for many successful candidates for office in the House of Delegates and Senate of Virginia. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia and is a Linwood Holton Fellow graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. Andrew lives in Richmond with his wife Marit and their daughter Betsy Ann.
Chris brings a wealth of political, legislative, and communications experience to Lamar Consulting. Prior to joining the company, Chris served as Director of Policy & Communications for Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell. In that role, he served as the official spokesman and media liaison for the Speaker and the House Majority Caucus, helped develop legislative strategy and supported floor operations, and worked with stakeholders to build support for legislative initiatives in the General Assembly.
Before joining the Speaker's office, Chris served in numerous capacities with Congressman Robert Hurt from 2011-2015, representing Virginia's Fifth Congressional District. Chris first worked as a field representative for Congressman Hurt and eventually served as a Legislative Aide and policy advisor on a variety of issues, including healthcare, education, and veterans. He earned his Bachelor's degree in History from Averett University in Danville, Virginia. Chris currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Averett University and he is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. Chris lives in Richmond and is an avid hiker, kayaker, and traveler.
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