State and Local Government, Intergovernmental Engagement, Infrastructure Implementation
Maryland Governor’s Office, Maryland House of Delegates, Baltimore City Council
Keiffer J. Mitchell, Jr., serves as a Vice President in BGR’s State and Local Advocacy Practice. Keiffer helps clients navigate issues at the state and local level and shares his unique, bipartisan perspective as a former aide to a Republican governor, an elected Democratic State Delegate, and a former Baltimore City Councilman.
Keiffer served in various roles for eight years under Maryland Governor Larry Hogan including 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, Keiffer was involved in advancing Governor Hogan’s signature issues including the `Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) Program, education, cybersecurity, broadband deployment and infrastructure policies.
From 2011 to 2015, Keiffer 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.
Currently, Keiffer serves on the Board of Directors at the Maryland Center for History & Culture. His past board service includes the University of Maryland Medical System, 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.