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When Michigan first responders faced legislative changes negatively impacting their retiree healthcare and benefits, Matt stepped in. By gathering stakeholders together, he directed the strategy of public safety groups to ensure there was one clear voice and one clear message. Through advocacy, Matt worked toward a pragmatic solution, which implemented the recommendations of the Governor’s task force. In the end, the complete policy recommendations were enacted, benefits of first responders were protected, and MLC’s client achieved an important legislative victory.

Experience

Prior to joining MLC, Matt served as legislative director and the point person on policy with the House Commerce and Trade Committee. Matt was integral in setting the committee strategy and moving policy development through the committee. He quickly developed a reputation of being able to get things done and is known for his trust and results-driven attitude. Matt’s experience working daily with multiple legislators in the Michigan House of Representatives positions him as a genuine and impactful lobbyist. Matt also held other positions in the State House and was an analyst with the legislative corrections ombudsman.
As an entrepreneur, Matt started Sowash Strategies, a political consulting firm based in Lansing, Michigan. Matt worked with over 15 house and senate candidates during the 2014 election, winning elections with over 90 percent of the legislators he consulted.

Education

Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Economics from Calvin College and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University.

In the Community

Following the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, Matt worked with Governor Rick Snyder’s task force on school safety to re-write Michigan’s school safety drill law. Bringing together law enforcement professionals and school administrators, legislation was signed into law modernizing Michigan’s school drills to better prepare schools for the potential threats they face.

Matt serves on the school board and board treasurer of the Great Lakes Cyber Academy.

Outside the Office

Outside of work, Matt likes spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing and golfing. He is also an avid sports fan and enjoys playing hockey. Matt, his wife Megan, and daughter Madelyn reside in Delta Township on the west side of Lansing.

Matt Sowash