Former Democratic State Legislator, Senior Aide to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Joining the firm’s bipartisan State & Local Advocacy Practice
June 2, 2022 – BGR Group, Washington, D.C.’s premier bipartisan lobbying and public relations firm, today announced that Keiffer J. Mitchell, Jr., a senior aide to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and former Maryland State Delegate, will join the firm’s bipartisan government affairs State and Local Advocacy Practice as a Vice President starting June 15.
During his eight years of service under Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Mitchell served as Acting Chief of Staff, Chief Legislative Officer and Senior Counsel, and Senior Advisor. He worked with Governor Hogan and cabinet agencies to prioritize policy issues as well as to advance budgets and the legislative priorities before the Maryland General Assembly. He also acted as the Governor’s chief negotiator with the General Assembly leadership and drive consensus on critical issues including allocating American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Additionally, Mitchell was involved in advancing Governor Hogan’s signature issues including the `Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) Program, cybersecurity, broadband deployment and infrastructure policies.
From 2011 to 2015, Mitchell served as an elected member of the Maryland House of Delegates where he served on the Judiciary Committee, the Economic Matters Committee, and the Baltimore Regional Revitalization Task Force. He previously served on the Baltimore City Council from 1995 to 2007.
“Keiffer has been with me every step of the way since my first day in office in 2015, and he has played an integral role in all of the accomplishments we have made and the crises we have weathered,” Governor Hogan said. “An expert in both policy and politics, he is widely respected across the political spectrum for his ability to bring people together to solve problems and get things done. Keiffer will be greatly missed in the State House, but I want to wish my good friend and his family well as they embark on this next chapter.”
Mitchell commented, “I am thrilled to join BGR Group and help their clients navigate complex budget and policy issues facing states across the country. I am looking forward to bringing my experience as a Democratic legislator and service for a Republican governor to an already excellent bipartisan team.”
Congressman Kweisi Mfume (D-MD-7), a former President and CEO of NAACP, praised Mitchell’s record of service. “Keiffer Mitchell has served in local and state governments with distinction. His ascent and passion for others are no surprise to me as he comes from a storied family committed to public service, civil rights, excellence, and equal justice.” Congressman Mfume continued, “His grandfather, Clarence Mitchell, Jr., was a key architect of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as well as a Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee. His grandmother, Juanita Jackson Mitchell, was a pioneering civil rights attorney who helped desegregate the Baltimore City Public Schools Systems and its Recreation and Parks System. I respectfully succeeded his uncle Parren J. Mitchell, the first African American elected to Congress from Maryland, in the U.S. House of Representatives. While Keiffer has a rich and storied pedigree, it’s his own professionalism, work ethic and dedication to principle that garners him the respect of leaders on both sides of the aisle.”
BGR’s Chairman and CEO Bob Wood said, “BGR stands out among Washington, D.C.-based firms with its robust bipartisan state and local government relations offering. Keiffer’s experience on both sides of the aisle will immediately bolster BGR’s ability to help clients achieve results.”
Currently, Mitchell serves on the Board of Directors at the University of Maryland Medical System and the Maryland Center for History & Culture. His past board service includes Habitat for Humanity, Midtown Academy Charter School and Maryland Food Bank. As a city councilman, he was Chairman of the Board for the Baltimore City Human Services Commission. He earned his JD at the University of the District of Columbia David Clark School of Law and his BA in Political Science from Emory University.
Loren Monroe, head of BGR’s State and Local Advocacy Practice, commented, “Whether a red or blue state, county or city, decision-makers confront similar issues such as public health, the economy, education, technology modernization and, increasingly, social and cultural issues, Keiffer understands how to achieve results by finding consensus between both sides of the political aisle.”
Former Democratic State Senator and Chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Bobby Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) offered, “Keiffer and I were in the Young Democrats together during our college days. Our paths would cross again when we both served in the Maryland State Legislature where I was proud to work with him on important pieces of legislation. In this hyper-partisan political environment we live in, Keiffer is a throwback to a bygone era where relationships – no matter party affiliation – are essential to getting things done. Keiffer’s ability to maintain relationships and trust on both sides of the aisle was invaluable to the Governor and to many of us in the Maryland Legislature. I am honored to call Keiffer Mitchell a colleague and a trusted friend.”