Mike Andrews, former staff director and chief counsel to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joins McGuireWoods as partner and McGuireWoods Consulting’s federal public affairs team as a senior vice president, and will lead the firm’s Native American public policy efforts. After a successful career on Capitol Hill and recent experience working for Sens. John Barrasso, John Hoeven and Lisa Murkowski, Andrews brings extensive knowledge in federal Indian law, as well as agriculture, housing, land use and congressional oversight issues.
“Mike has a wealth of experience implementing legislative strategies in Congress, and has mastered bipartisan negotiations while working under different administrations,” said Paul Reagan, senior vice president and director of McGuireWoods Consulting’s federal public affairs team. “He will deliver results for our clients.”
During his time on Capitol Hill, Andrews was instrumental in passing over 50 bills signed into law by Presidents Obama, Trump and Biden. He also assisted with over 90 bills passed out of the Senate by unanimous consent and helped steer more than 140 bills through of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee with strong bipartisan support. Additionally, Andrews played important roles in confirming over 10 presidential nominees spanning three administrations, and worked on some of the largest appropriations funding programs in American history.
“Mike’s knowledge of Native American affairs and congressional oversight experience in education, energy, healthcare and law enforcement will bring a new service line to our clients,” said McGuireWoods Consulting’s president and former South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges. “He is a great asset to our team.”
Prior to Capitol Hill, Andrews served as a state, federal and tribal prosecutor in Arizona and was the chief prosecutor and counsel for the Pascua Yaqui Indian Nation in Tucson, Arizona. He also served as a senior executive at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he focused on Native American housing, as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he focused on border security matters.
“Mike brings legislative and legal experience to the firm, with a working knowledge of navigating congressional committees,” McGuireWoods Consulting’s chairman Mark Bowles said. “His expertise will be invaluable to our clients on the federal level.”
Andrews serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Global Campus and is a Flotilla Commander in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, where he concentrates on boater education and marine safety for the National Capitol Region.