Mike Hoover Public Affirs
Mike Hoover is an attorney with over 25 years of experience working in state and local governmental affairs. Mike began his career in 1988 working for the California State Assembly and Governor’s office before moving to private practice in Seattle. Mike enjoyed a 20-year legal career in the Washington Legislature, beginning as a staff attorney, serving as Senate Counsel for ten years, and then assuming a Leadership Counsel position in the House of Representatives for six years. Mike next served as Chief Legal Counsel to the King County Council before starting his own public affairs practice in 2018. This experience has provided him with unique expertise and hands-on work in legislative and budget processes.
Working in both state and local government, Mike has been active in almost every policy issue area, including capital and operating budgets, transportation, labor, business, environment, healthcare, education, public infrastructure, finance, and revenue. He has been an integral part of legislation and negotiations for major projects including the McCleary education reforms, Safeco Field financing, complex transportation budgets, and many state operating and capital biennial and supplemental budgets. Mike has secured funding from the state’s various budgets for his clients, and he has successfully shepherded numerous bills through the legislative process and into law.
Mike has the skills, contacts, and experience to support clients in Olympia and throughout Washington. He has worked hard to cultivate excellent bipartisan working relationships with legislators from around the state, in both the House and the Senate, and he also has significant Governor, executive, and agency contacts. He is known as a consensus builder who puts together teams and coalitions to get results.
Mike closely coordinates with his clients to keep them apprised of relevant issues and help them strategize and act to affect those issues. He understands that while the legislative process is the same, each client is different, and each budget and legislative request requires a unique strategy and coalition of legislators. Mike has the ability to partner with other professionals as necessary to ensure the resources and support necessary are always available, and he is adept at matching the right strategy with the right coalition to achieve successful outcomes for his clients. With extensive background in legislative, budgetary, and legal matters, Mike Hoover Public Affairs can provide unparalleled representation.