State and Local Advocacy

BGR Group stands out among Washington, D.C.-based firms with its robust bipartisan state and local government relations offering. Our State and Local Advocacy team utilizes decades of combined experience to support client engagement with stakeholders ranging from Governors, Lt. Governors, Attorneys General and Secretaries of State to legislative leaders, mayors and county officials, as well as law enforcement professionals. Through tailored advocacy strategies, BGR helps clients build reputational and brand awareness with key decision-makers, successfully navigate complex regulatory environments, negotiate incentives, advantage business development efforts, pass and defeat legislation, as well as activate state and local support to drive federal advocacy efforts. Our trusted name and reputation are valued commodities that can be relied upon to deliver new business opportunities and policy solutions. 

Following the 2022 midterm elections, there are nine new governors, fourteen new Attorneys General and a turnover rate in state legislatures above 26% that resulted in new majorities in at least four legislative chambers. With partisan gridlock in the nation’s capital, state and local leaders are playing increasingly critical roles in shaping health care, broadband, education, workforce training, cybersecurity, public safety and energy policies.  And with states and localities experiencing once in a lifetime revenue resources due to historic federal stimulus funding, including the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), leaders are making significant investments to upgrade their workforce, technology and physical infrastructures.

BGR’s State and Local Advocacy team helps clients directly engage state and local decision-makers.  The team is experienced with designing, organizing, and implementing multi-state advocacy campaigns, including managing local lobbyists and maximizing participation in state and local government associations to achieve a client’s short and long-term goals. With Democratic and Republican-led states increasingly taking differing approaches to policy priorities, BGR takes a bipartisan, team-oriented approach to advocating on complex issues at the state and local levels to ensure our clients achieve results.

Jerry Strickland is a Principal and the Texas Director at BGR, where he practices at federal, state, and local levels.