Jennifer (Larkin) Lukawski serves as a Principal of BGR Group. With nearly three decades of Washington public policy experience both on and off Capitol Hill, Jennifer has been a leader in Republican and conservative policy and political circles since joining the firm in 2001. She provides strategic counsel on a wide range of complex legislative and regulatory issues and is particularly skilled at identifying third-party stakeholders to build outside coalitions in furtherance of specific policy goals.
A senior member of the firm, Jennifer has represented a wide range of BGR clients before Congress and the Executive Branch including automotive manufacturers, cable companies, airlines, a variety of health care providers as well as coalitions, national trade associations, and non-profit organizations. She has successfully advocated for her clients in major legislative battles including PEPFAR, the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the 2018 Farm bill, and the newly enacted CARES Act. Jennifer has most recently been advising clients on how to navigate the various funding streams and new loan options provided for in CARES, particularly the new small business lending programs.
With her strong background in building and managing coalitions in furtherance of public policy initiatives, Jennifer helps her clients engage the intellectual side of policy development in Washington. She does so by helping them to develop key relationships with relevant conservative think tanks and advocacy organizations to advance shared public policy objectives. Jennifer meets regularly with representatives from these groups to identify opportunities for her clients to work in partnership with them.
Prior to joining BGR, Jennifer served as Director of House Relations at The Heritage Foundation, widely considered the most influential public policy research organization in the U.S. In this role, she was responsible for educating members of Congress and their staff about the think tank’s mission as well as its latest research and policy solutions. She also led the government relations department’s efforts to gather conservative members of the House on a regular basis to discuss policy objectives and strategies to build support for them. Meeting and communicating with senior House leadership and committee staff was an important part of her role at Heritage.
Jennifer previously served as the Executive Director of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) – formerly referred to as the Conservative Action Team (CATs). Following the historic GOP takeover of the House in 1994 by reform-minded activists, Jennifer was intimately involved in a number of significant legislative battles, including the implementation of the bold policy agenda called for in the Republican’s “Contract for America”. Many of the sweeping ideas proposed in this party platform originated at The Heritage Foundation and efforts to promote them leading up to the elections were led by then-RNC Chairman Haley Barbour, a founding member of BGR Group who remains active in the firm today. Jennifer developed and executed strategy for the RSC’s policy, communications, and coalitions efforts and built a strong record of success in helping to advance the group’s objectives. The RSC continues to be the largest, most active member coalition within the House of Representatives.
Jennifer began her career in Washington after graduating from The Catholic University of America. She served as a policy advisor to former Congressman Bob Dornan (R-CA), including as his Legislative Director, working on economic policy, government regulation, human rights, and education reforms.