Michael Zehr – Vice President, Federal Affairs
Michael Zehr joined HBW in 2011 as Vice President of Federal Affairs. Michael has over a decade of experience as a senior energy policy advisor in the U.S. Senate where he served on the staffs of four U.S. Senators, including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. A procedural and legislative strategist, Michael has specialized in developing legislative proposals and advocacy plans dealing with complicated and politically sensitive initiatives.
As Vice President of Federal Affairs, Michael monitors all federal activities affecting HBW’s clients, and he directs the firm’s federal lobbying activities in Washington, DC. Michael is actively engaged in efforts to shape energy, environment, and transportation policy development through educational outreach and direct advocacy.
While on the Hill, Michael served as Legislative Director for U.S. Senator George LeMieux (FL), Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Mel Martinez (FL), Staff Director for the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (KY), and Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Tim Hutchinson (AR). During his service in the Senate, Michael played a critical role in helping shape and negotiate key pieces of agriculture and energy legislation including the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and several others. He holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia.