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Prior to becoming president of MLC, Tim was appointed as Governor John Engler’s Campaign Manager to manage his 1998 re-election campaign. Former positions also included stints in the Michigan House and Senate, Oakland County government and Senior Director of Government Affairs of the Michigan Credit Union League. From a volunteer perspective, Tim served as Vice Chairman of the Michigan Economic Growth Authority, Chairman of the State Board of Canvassers and was a member of the Local Government Claims Review Board.

When others thought it couldn’t be done, Tim provided a long sought after voice to retirees in the Retired Detroit Police & Fire Fighters Association. He and his team successfully fought unions, the city of Detroit and the pension board’s opposition to amend decades-old state law. The association spent 25 years trying to obtain representation on its pension board through litigation and city charter amendment to no avail. Tim and his team did it in a fraction of the time. 

Providing a measurable ROI is important to you, and Tim recognizes that. In another case, DISH & DirecTV came to MLC when the state proposed a service tax on select industries. Tim successfully lobbied to eliminate the satellite TV industry from the list prior to final passage. As a client who was not based in Michigan, they and many other clients have benefitted from Tim’s vast understanding of state politics and the high level of ROI his team provides. These qualifications and his collective experience also led to Tim being selected as Michigan’s sole representative to the National Association of State Lobbyists.      

Tim utilizes his passion for technology to stay connected with clients and colleagues. In fact, he was recognized by local reporters as the first lobbyist in Michigan to use a tablet at the Capitol. After work, Tim enjoys spending time outdoors, paddleboarding and kayaking in particular, with his wife Mary and their son, Evan.

Tim holds degrees from Albion College and the Detroit College of Law.

Timothy R. Ward