Anna Reese Couhig

Anna Reese Couhig is a Policy Associate in the State and Local Advocacy and Appropriations practices at BGR Group. In this role, she supports clients on a variety of policy issues by conducting research and analysis, providing regular legislative updates, developing briefing materials and reports, and drafting correspondence. Anna Reese also plays a key role in coordinating congressional meetings, assisting with fly-ins, and performing administrative duties in relation to advocacy efforts. 

Prior to joining BGR Group, Anna Reese interned with Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and worked on a variety of Democratic congressional campaigns. Anna Reese graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2023 with a B.A. in public policy leadership and a B.A. in English with an emphasis in literature, justice, and society. While at Ole Miss, Anna Reese served as Senior Class Vice President, Chief of Staff for TEDxUniversityofMississippi, and as an ambassador for the university’s English department. Additionally, Anna Reese graduated as a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College after the successful defense of her thesis examining student perceptions of COVID-19 mitigation strategies and correlation to demographics.

Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Anna Reese joined BGR Group as a clerk and researcher after moving to Washington, D.C. in August 2023.

Labriah Lee Holt

Labriah Lee Holt joined BGR in October 2023. She serves as a Vice President with the State and Local Advocacy Practice and Director of the firm’s Atlanta office. Her role capitalizes on her vast experience in bipartisan advocacy and law, where she has established strong connections with Democratic policy makers nationwide.  Labriah helps clients strategize policy campaigns that advance their objectives and advances the firm’s outreach to Democratic governors, mayors and attorneys general.

Prior to joining BGR, Labriah was State Government Affairs Director for Microsoft. In this capacity, she spearheaded initiatives across the southeast, engaging with state and local officials on key issues such as artificial intelligence, datacenter expansion, cybersecurity, privacy, education, and broadband access. Her adeptness in partner engagement also saw her play a pivotal role in fostering relationships with entities like the United States Conference of Mayors, Attorneys General Associations, and the African American Mayors Association’s Business Council.

Before her tenure at Microsoft, from 2013-2021, Labriah served as the Northeast Regional Director of Outreach, and subsequently a National Director of Political Outreach, for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Her efforts in these positions involved leading political coalition building and practice at the federal, state and local levels to propel bipartisan policy forward. Her dedication and policy advancement garnered recognition from the New York State Assembly and a Congressional Proclamation from Congressman Charles Rangel.

Labriah’s professional journey began at Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta, GA, as a Senior Associate specializing in intellectual property. She provided counsel to Fortune 100 companies and nonprofit organizations on patents, trademarks, copyright, social media, and brand protection. She served on the boards for the Black Women’s Health Imperative and as Vice Chair for the Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project.  She is a former member of the Anit-Defamation League’s Charles F. Wittenstein Advisory Committee, the Atlanta Citizen Review Board, and Gen 44 Atlanta Finance Committee for the DNC.

Anica Choi

Anica Choi is a Policy Analyst on the State and Local Advocacy and Appropriations teams at BGR Group. In this role, she assists firm principals and clients on a broad range of policy issues by tracking legislation and the federal appropriations process, providing in-depth research and analyses, flagging funding opportunities for clients, and producing weekly reports for clients across all sectors.

Anica first joined BGR as a research clerk in 2021 and focused on energy and infrastructure policy. Prior to joining BGR, Anica became familiar with the lobbying industry as an intern for Crossroads Strategies after working for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) during the 2020 Georgia Senate runoffs. She also interned for her home district Rep. Drew Ferguson’s (GA-03) office.

Before her entrance to politics, she worked as a court translator for the Troup County Superior Court in her home state of Georgia, where she worked closely with the District Attorney’s office. Anica earned a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Entrepreneurship from the University of Mississippi, where she was a Haley Barbour Center for the Study of American Politics student. Anica is a native of Daegu, South Korea.

Keiffer J. Mitchell, Jr.

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 state 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. As a city councilman, Keiffer was Chairman of the Taxation Committee and Education Committee. In addition to his public service, Keiffer also taught middle and high school history at his alma mater Boys’ Latin School and coached basketball and tennis.

Currently, Keiffer serves on the Board of Directors at the Maryland Center for History & Culture, Maryland Government Relations Association, and The Signal 13 Foundation.  Keiffer earned his B.A. from Emory University (Political Science) and his J.D. from District of Columbia School of Law. 

Halie Daniels

Halie Daniels, Senior Associate on the State and Local Practice, joined BGR in April 2022 in the BGR Austin, Texas Office. Halie helps clients manage and further their relationships with Texas State and local leaders from the Executive branch down to Mayors and City Council officials. Halie also assists with BGR’s quickly growing Attorney General practice, helping multi-state clients navigate and take a proactive approach to the Attorney General world through specific offices and various associations. 

Prior to joining BGR in April 2022, Halie served for six years as a Texas Assistant Attorney General, as both Plaintiff and Defense attorney, in the Medicaid Fraud and General Litigation Divisions. While at the Texas Office of the Attorney General, Halie represented the State of Texas, Governor’s Office, Texas Legislature, and Agency officials in litigation spanning the gamut from healthcare fraud, to employment disputes including terminations and licensing revocations, to defending the State in Covid-19 litigation. 

Before her time at the Texas Office of the Attorney General, Halie served as plaintiff counsel at a boutique law firm representing homeowners against homeowner associations and spent time with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Safari Club International while in law school. 

Halie received a B.A. from Clemson University in 2011 and a J.D. from Florida Coastal in 2015.  While at Clemson, Halie was active in College Republicans and volunteered for several Presidential and Congressional campaigns. She also studied in the Eastern Balkans as well as in South America studying war crimes and Spanish. While in law school, Halie was an active member of Moot Court and the Pro Bono Honor Society.

Patrick Dolan

Patrick Dolan serves as a Vice President for State Affairs in the State and Local Advocacy Practice. In this role, Patrick coordinates state-focused policy campaigns that advance bipartisan objectives in state capitals across the U.S. and leads BGR’s outreach to Democratic governors, mayors and legislators.

Prior to joining BGR Group, Patrick served as the Deputy Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Immigration Hub, a project of Emerson Collective, where he coordinated with state consultants and worked closely with governors, mayors, the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), the National Conference of Democratic Mayors, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in support of DACA and other pro-immigrant policies.

Patrick also served as Associate Director of State and Local Government Affairs at the Center for American Progress (CAP), where he played an integral role in building CAP’s new state and local government affairs program. At CAP, Patrick had regular exposure to senior leadership and visibility over the entire organization to ensure an integrated state and local government affairs strategy, while managing CAP’s relationships with state and local elected officials on economic policy, energy and environment, immigration, K-12 education, and higher education.

Previously, Patrick served as a Legislative Associate at the National Governors Association (NGA), where he worked to advance governors’ bipartisan federal priorities on energy, environmental, and economic development policies. While at NGA, Patrick collaborated with governors’ offices to secure passage of the FAST Act, a $305 billion federal highway and public transportation bill that provided long-term certainty and additional flexibility for states.

From 2014-2015, Patrick coordinated NGA’s regulatory activities surrounding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, and liaised with EPA leadership and governors on state-specific goals to reduce carbon emissions.

Patrick interned for Senator Mark Udall (D-CO), worked on the policy team for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s (D) 2010 gubernatorial campaign, and as an Organizing Fellow for President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign in Denver.

Patrick is originally from Englewood, Colorado and he is a graduate of Roanoke College.

William Crozer

William Crozer is the Co-Head of BGR’s bipartisan State and Local Advocacy Practice. Located in Atlanta, GA, he focuses on developing and implementing client engagement strategies in Washington, states, and cities across the country.

From 2018-21, William served as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) in the Trump-Pence Administration. In that role, he forged relationships with stakeholders at all levels of government through  unprecedented outreach and collaboration. This is exemplified by the White House’s State Leadership Days Initiative (2017-19), which welcomed over 5,000 state, local, and tribal officials from all 50 states to the White House for briefings and discussion with Senior Administration Officials, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with the most robust intergovernmental partnership in modern history.

In addition to helping state, local navigate resources and programs across the federal government, William and the IGA team worked collaboratively with state, local, and tribal officials to advance a wide variety of bipartisan policies and shared priorities. The Governors’ Initiative on Regulatory Innovation, for example, brought together a more than 700-strong stakeholder coalition promoting and advancing the administration’s regulatory reform agenda at the state and local level.

Before joining the White House in 2018, William was a Vice President at BGR Group (2013–18), served in Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s office of Executive Counsel (2013), and managed a major donor club at the Republican National Committee – Finance (2007–09). He received a BA from the University of Virginia in 2007 and a JD from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2012.

A native of Thomasville, GA, William received a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 2007 and a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2012.

Jerry Strickland

Jerry Strickland is Principal and Texas Director at BGR, where he practices at the federal, state, and local levels. Leading BGR’s Austin office, Jerry helps companies navigate government to effectively position themselves for growth. He has successfully assisted companies in passing legislation at the state and federal levels, navigated rulemakings before agencies, and put his clients in front of frontline decision-makers at all levels of government to succeed.

As part of his work with BGR’s Commerce and State practices, Jerry represents clients in a variety of industries, including oil & gas, semiconductors, cryptocurrency, cybersecurity, transportation, health care, mental health, trade, and waterways. Jerry also serves as the Executive Director of the FABSS Texas Coalition, a coalition of Texas semiconductor manufacturers, which he represents before electricity and natural gas regulators in Texas. 

Prior to joining BGR, Jerry served as Governor Greg Abbott’s appointee to lead the Texas Office of State-Federal Relations, where he ran Texas’s federal affairs office and was lead advisor to the Governor on federal issues. While leading the office, Jerry helped secure billions of dollars in disaster relief funding to Texas to recover from Hurricane Harvey. 

Jerry also served on the Department of Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee, advising the Secretary on issues related to the determination of fair market value and the collection of revenue from energy and mineral resources on federal lands.

Jerry spent nearly 12 years at the Texas Attorney General’s office as then-Attorney General Abbott’s executive advisor, communications director and spokesperson. In this role, Jerry was part of executive leadership addressing EPA, ACA, child support and school finance litigation at every level of the legal system, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prior to his career in public service, Jerry’s career had him at the intersection of government and the media, spending a decade as a news reporter, investigative journalist and news anchor at television stations in Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi. His work has been featured on CNN, CBS News, ABC News and the Weather Channel.

Loren Monroe

Loren Monroe, a Principal at BGR Group, serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Board as well as one of the firm’s spokesmen. He co-chairs the firm’s bipartisan State & Local Advocacy Practice while lobbying on behalf of energy, health, financial services, technology and trade clients. Loren has more than 25 years of experience in Washington’s political, business and public policy arenas.

In his role, Loren helps clients at the state and federal levels achieve policy solutions and secure business opportunities in Washington and state capitals across the country through direct lobbying before Congress, governors, state legislators and attorneys general. He is skilled at helping clients align federal and state advocacy strategies as well as enlisting state and local leaders to support clients’ federal priorities. He also helps clients to obtain grants and appropriations from federal and state agencies. Due to the quality of service and results that are consistently delivered, Loren has represented many of his clients for more than 20 years. 

Loren frequently serves as the campaign manager for complex lobbying efforts that require coordinated state and federal outreach across multiple states and involving several lobbying and public relations firms. Highlights of his lobbying successes include securing federal permitting approval for the nation’s first large scale offshore wind project, Congressional appropriations for new research buildings on a university campus, legislation to carveout scrap recyclers from the Superfund program, state funding for digital skilling programs as well as discretionary economic development incentives by governors.

Prior to joining BGR, Loren served at the public affairs firm Cassidy & Associates. He served on the legislative staff of former Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) when he served as Chairman of the Budget Committee and as a senior member of the Appropriations Committee. Loren previously served on the Finance staff of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) as well as on the President George H.W. Bush reelection campaign.

Loren currently serves on the Finance Committees of the Republican Governors Association and the Republican State Leadership Committee. He is often invited to speak before audiences on the political and legislative outlooks at the federal and state levels.

Governor Haley Barbour

Governor Haley Barbour, Founding Partner of BGR Group, returned to BGR in January 2012 after serving two consecutive terms as Governor of Mississippi, including two years as the Chairman of the Republican Governors Association. At BGR, he heads advocacy coalitions, lobbies on behalf of clients and remains a major force in Republican party politics and elections.

Gov. Barbour began his political career in 1968, dropping out of college to work on Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign; in 1976, after supporting Ronald Reagan for the GOP nomination, he ran Gerald Ford’s fall campaign in the Southeast. In 1982, he ran for U.S. Senate in Mississippi but lost to incumbent John C. Stennis. Gov. Barbour later served as Political Director of the Reagan White House. In 1987, he founded the government affairs firm that became BGR Group.

From 1993 to 1997, Gov. Barbour served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee, managing the 1994 Republican surge that led to GOP control of both Houses of Congress for the first time in 40 years. In 1996 Barbour wrote Agenda for America, A Republican Direction for the Future.
In 2003, he was elected Governor of Mississippi, assuming office in January 2004. During his tenure, Gov. Barbour led his state to adopt what the Wall Street Journal called the most comprehensive tort reform in the country. His team generated numerous large economic projects in the energy, aerospace and automotive fields, including Toyota’s selection of Blue Springs, Miss., for the company’s newest U.S. auto assembly plant, which was the most sought-after economic development project in the United States that year. In Gov. Barbour’s eight years as governor, per capita income in the state increased by 34 percent.

After Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, Gov. Barbour received national recognition from the bipartisan American Legislative Exchange Council for his swift response to the worst natural disaster in American history. In 2015, he published America’s Great Storm: Leading Through Hurricane Katrina, a memoir of the year after the storm from the Governor’s perspective and lessons in leadership from the mega-disaster. For his efforts to rebuild the Mississippi Gulf Coast, he received the Thomas Jefferson Freedom Award. Other awards during his tenure as Governor included being named Governor of the Year by Governing Magazine, receiving the Gulf Guardian Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in recognition of his work to rebuild Gulf Coast ecosystems, and receiving the Adam Smith Award from BIPAC to honor his pursuit of the principles of free enterprise.

The Hill newspaper has listed Gov. Barbour as one of Washington’s top lobbyists annually since his return to the firm in 2012. He also received the prestigious Bryce Harlow Foundation Business-Government Relations Award in 2018. He has also been elected to the Hall of Fame of the American Political Consultants. In 2019, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appointed Gov. Barbour to serve as Chairman of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also called The Nation’s Report Card.

Gov. Barbour received his J.D. in 1973 from the University of Mississippi, which now has two centers named after him: the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence, which provides real world experience in manufacturing to students majoring in engineering, business and accounting, and the Haley Barbour Center for the Study of American Politics, which offers classes and symposia on campaigns and elections as well as an intersession for students each January in Washington.

A native of Yazoo City, Miss., Governor Barbour still resides in his hometown with his wife, Marsha. They have two sons and seven grandchildren.