McGuireWoods Consulting Welcomes Back Mike Thomas

December 11, 2012

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“I know I speak for everyone at the firm when I say we’re excited to have Mike back with McGuireWoods Consulting,” said L.F. Payne, president of McGuireWoods Consulting and a former member of the U.S. Congress. “Mike has been active in state and federal governmental and political affairs for a number of years and possesses the contacts, experience and familiarity with legislative and regulatory processes necessary to be an asset for both existing and future clients.”
Prior to joining McGuireWoods Consulting, Mike served as state director and chief of staff for United States Senator George Allen. As state director, he managed the staff and five regional offices throughout the Commonwealth and worked with individuals, businesses, state and local government organizations who wanted to influence the legislative process or needed help with government agencies or programs.
Mike has also served in key roles in state government. He was appointed by then-Governor George Allen as Secretary of Administration, where he oversaw 13 state agencies, including those responsible for procurement, real property, technology and personnel. He was appointed by Governor James Gilmore as Director of the Virginia Department of Information Technology, and served in that post from January 1998 through December 2000.
“Mike is an experienced public servant who is well respected on both sides of the political aisle,” said Frank B. Atkinson, chairman of McGuireWoods Consulting. “In addition to having subject- matter expertise across multiple industries and disciplines, Mike is adept at identifying emergent challenges and fashioning solutions involving innovative, multifaceted public-affairs strategies. We are glad that our clients will again benefit from his broad expertise.”
Thomas also served as an aide to U.S. Senator Paul S. Trible, U.S. Senator John W. Warner and Congressman Thomas J. Bliley, Jr., and helped organize and manage grassroots operations for dozens of state, local and federal elected officials and candidates.
Founded in 1998, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC is a full-service public affairs firm offering government relations, strategic communications, grassroots issue management, and infrastructure and economic development services. McGuireWoods Consulting is a subsidiary of McGuireWoods LLP and ranks in the Top 20 of The National Law Journal’s “The Influence 50,” an annual report of the top public affairs firms in Washington, D.C. McGuireWoods Consulting has offices in Washington, D.C., Richmond and McLean, Virginia, Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, Raleigh, North Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, Austin, Texas, and Bucharest, Romania.  For more information, visit McGuireWoods Consulting’s website at