Vice President, Government Affairs/Lobbyist
📞 (860) 614-3990
“Mike always finds a way to get the job done – he gets results because he never gives up.”
A respected and notable presence at the State Capitol for more than a decade, Mike combines an infectious, boundless energy with his well-honed expertise of how government works, especially in the hallways of the State Capitol. As a skilled problem solver and confidante, Mike has an uncanny savvy for securing financial assistance from the state for a variety of job-creating economic development projects. You know Mike is in the room when you hear his resounding voice and witness firsthand his skill of pinpointing exactly what clients need in order to prosper.
Mike has spent his entire career in and around politics, refining his skills as an influencer and innovator. Prior to joining S&L, Mike worked for a Hartford-based lobbying firm for several years, specializing in trade associations and human services. He also worked for the state’s largest municipal trade association, where he served as the day-to-day lobbyist on energy, human services and environmental issues. Mike began his career, in Albany, NY, working as a staffer in the New York State Senate.
As Vice President, Government Affairs for S&L and the day-to-day manager of many of the agency’s lobbying campaigns, Mike leads the state government team and directly lobbies lawmakers to consistently deliver results for clients.
Mike graduated from Sacred Heart University with a BS in Government/Politics and Business Management. He is currently enrolled in the Public Affairs Council’s Certificate in Public Affairs Management Program, and also completed Leadership Greater Hartford’s Leadership Challenge. In 2019 he was named to the Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” list. Mike has been recognized on many occasions for outstanding lobbying efforts on behalf of clients.
• Successfully managed the implementation of landmark ridesharing legislation in the State of Connecticut.
• A highly recognized and trusted lobbyist with an extensive network throughout state and local government.
• Successfully represented numerous consumer product associations regarding statewide packaging, administrative regulations and other regulatory matters.
• Secured significant state assistance for the expansion and job-creating growth of numerous small to mid-sized businesses in Connecticut.
Mike is a current member and Past President of Association of Connecticut Lobbyists, and has been actively involved in numerous charitable and philanthropic events throughout the state. He is a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals in West Hartford and a past volunteer coach for West Hartford youth league basketball. He lives in West Hartford with his wife, Colleen, their daughter, Elizabeth, and their whoodle, Marshall.
WHY WE ARE HERE…
“Sullivan & LeShane is the perfect fit for me because it allows me to do what I do best; illustrate to clients what can happen when pragmatism meets persistence. What we do is not just meaningful to clients, but fun for us, because we get the privilege of sharing that success with them.”