Government Affairs

Delivering results in and out of the statehouse

No matter the issue, we understand the politics and public scrutiny that determine our clients’ results in Vermont. As the only full-service firm in VT, we have been driving legislation and policy development daily for nearly 30 years. Our team integrates strategic communications with policy and political intelligence that ensures our messaging and our approach are achieving optimal results. Our strategy is informed by the smallest details of law as well as by our knowledge of what triggers action.

Lobbying

Legislative & Executive Branch

Our approach is simple. We invest in clients, develop a comprehensive political strategy and bring our policy expertise and experience to achieve their goals. Through research, message development and targeted delivery, Leonine ensures our clients’ issues are top priorities for legislators, the media and the public. Leonine manages client issues in the legislature, governor’s office and throughout administrative agencies and departments.

In Vermont, members of our statehouse team are veterans of virtually every public policy debate in recent state history. Nationwide and internationally, we are affiliated with a network of top-of-the-line advocacy groups, and can help clients target their issues wherever they arise.

Development of Political Strategy

We like to win

In order to do so you must have the right political strategy. No issue is too small or too large for us to tackle. From the creation of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, the passage of first in the nation laws like civil unions and marriage equality to dealing with complex government contracts, knowing the players and the public as well as how to move the needle with them are the key to success. At Leonine, we know politics and we know strategy.

Bill drafting & analysis

Every Detail

Our in-house team has been drafting legislation and proposed amendments for decades. We understand and translate complex legislation and draft language to advance the specific goals and objectives that will best serve our client’s interest.

Procurement

Helping you partner with the decision makers

Leonine Public Affairs helps clients achieve their procurement goals by building strong partnerships with decision makers across state government. Whether it is securing government contracts, working with administrators to cut through red tape, negotiating terms or growing the working relationship between clients and government agencies, Leonine Public Affairs is the industry leader.

Leonine Public Affairs has decades of experience in procurement across state government including, among others, the health care, information technology and transportation sectors. Leonine facilitates interaction between clients and administrators from the governor’s office to the project manager, ensuring seamless communication across all levels of government. For all procurement needs, the Leonine approach delivers results.

  • "Vermont is leading the way with energy innovation, transforming to an energy system that is more local, reliable and lower carbon. Leonine's in-depth knowledge of the legislative process and political landscape has helped work on policy that is benefitting Green Mountain Power customers. Leonine Public Affairs is a great partner who focuses on delivering good outcomes."

    - Robert Dostis, Green Mountain Power VP of Stakeholder Relations and New Product Implementation

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  • "Leonine Public Affairs was key to our dealer association's successful effort to improve the Vermont dealer statutes during the 2016 legislative session. The legislative environment had changed significantly since we last updated the law and we struggled with our legislator sponsors for two years without progress in committee when Leonine was recommended. Leonine helped us develop a strategy, lobby and organize our efforts to get the bill reintroduced and passed, despite strong opposition from other advocates, all in one session. Leonine Public Affairs is very effective and enjoyable to work with."

    - Brian R. Carpenter, Northeast Equipment Dealers Association

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  • “In Vermont, the legislature often moves quickly. We need lobbyists who can anticipate when bills will start to move and implement solutions without wasting time. Leonine has both the strategic vision and the necessary relationships to safeguard our priorities and advance our interests.”

    - Andrew A. Kingman Regional Director, External Affairs for At&t

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Get in touch & see what we can do

Meet the Government Affairs Team

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Todd Bailey
Partner | President of Government Relations

Todd has 10 years of experience as a respected advocate, campaign operative, fundraiser and campaign strategist.

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Nick Sherman
Partner

Nick provides strategic consultation and communications services to a wide variety of clients in Vermont.

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Dylan Zwicky
Associate

At Leonine, Dylan is a member of the Government Affairs and Strategic Communications teams.

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Chuck Storrow
Partner

Chuck Storrow is a lawyer/lobbyist in the Vermont Statehouse with deep experience in energy/utilities, telecommunications, environmental policy, insurance and health care.

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Clare Buckley
Partner

Clare Buckley has been a tenacious advocate for Leonine Public Affairs clients at the Vermont State House since 1994, helping win passage of landmark legislation in civil rights, early childhood education and transportation.

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Scott Mackey
Managing Partner

Scott helps clients design and implement successful strategies in state capitols, especially around state and local tax policies impacting wireless communications and the digital economy.