Michael Lamoureux is a founding principal of the Washington Advocacy Group. Michael works with clients trying to navigate the federal legislative and regulatory process. He also assists entities working at the intersection of federal and state policy making and helps clients interact with Governors’ offices, Attorneys General and the state legislative and regulatory process.
Until 2014, Michael was President of the Arkansas State Senate. He then became the Director of Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson’s transition team. After running a successful transition, conducting hundreds of interviews and a full review of the State government, Gov. Hutchinson named Michael as his chief of staff. He held this position until May 2016 when he left to launch the Washington Advocacy Group.
Michael was first elected to the Arkansas General Assembly in 2002. He served six years, including on the education and judiciary committees, and was elected leader of his party’s caucus. Michael served until the term limit, and then was elected to the Arkansas Senate by special election on December 2009.
His was an active participation in the Senate Presidents forum, served a term as Arkansas Senate Minority Whip and vice chair of the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee in the 88th General Assembly. As a member of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), he worked with legislators from across the United States. He was a member of the board of directors of ALEC, he was voted State Legislator of the Year and served on the group’s Natural Resources Task Force. In 2011, he was appointed to the Energy Council’s Center for Legislative Energy and Environmental Research (CLEER) Board of Directors.
Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Arkansas Tech University and a juris doctorate from the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He went into private practice and served as the attorney ad litem appointed by Courts to represent abused and neglected children. He also represented a group of rural telecom carriers in both civil litigation and regulatory filings with the FCC and the Arkansas Public Service Commission.
He has received numerous awards for his professional and political service, including Friend of Arkansas Tech University, the Advocates for Justice Award from the Prosecuting Attorneys Association, and Legislator of the Year from the Arkansas Realtors Association. He has also been recognized by the Arkansas Dental Association for his support of the organization.