• Not just lobbyists.



    We focus on the development and implementationof effective strategies to move the needle.  

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    "Moving the Needle" 

    We are much more than a legislative lobbying firm.

    Our associates have diverse experience in communications, grassroots network development, association management, legal services, government administration, and bill and amendment drafting. Our business model is focused on bringing these varied skills to bear to develop long term relationships with our clients as we learn their business. We put a lot of emphasis on both short and long-term planning rather than simply reacting to issues as they arise.


    We partner with our clients to develop strategies for both the executive and legislative branches of government. In the development of our strategies, we will consider the various political and governmental dynamics that will impact your policy goals and Move The Needle.


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    Rachel Phelps Bayens

    Managing Partner

    Rachel Phelps Bayens has more than a decade of experience as a government relations and public affairs professional. She joined Government Strategies in 2002 and since then has worked with some of Kentucky’s largest corporations and most influential trade associations.

    Rachel received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky and was a member of the 2008 Leadership Kentucky class. A native of Marshall County, Rachel currently resides in Lexington.


    Here is a recent profile in The Lane Report.

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    Mike Shea


    Mike Shea served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Senate President and the Senate Republican Caucus. He has also been an associate and advisor to members of the US Senate and Congress, as well as General Consultant to the Republican Party of Kentucky. He addresses federal issues management, coalition-building and grassroots/grasstops programs for some of the nation’s largest corporations and associations.

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    Dustin Miller


    Dustin Miller began his career handling Government, Community, and Media Relations for State Farm Insurance. He has represented clients before the General Assembly from various sectors including telecommunications, insurance, health care, and education since 2003. He served on several boards during Republican and Democrat Administrations including the Healthcare Transparency Committee and the Governor’s Earthquake Council.


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    Prentice Harvey


    Prentice Harvey, a native of Glasgow, Kentucky, is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the University Of Kentucky College Of Law. He began his career in Frankfort as a legislative analyst with the Legislative Research Commission. He is a former executive director of the Kentucky County Judge/Executive's Association. Prentice has been representing clients as a contract lobbyist since 1988.

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    Mike Helton


    Mike Helton is a former Governor's office Chief Executive Officer with extensive administrative experience in Kentucky State Government. He has held the Cabinet level positions of Secretary of the Public Protection and Regulation Cabinet and Commissioner for the Department for Environmental Protection under two Democratic administrations. As head of Government Strategies, he has directed the government relations for some of Kentucky's largest Corporations and most influential trade associations.

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    Jena Scott

    Advocacy Communications

    Jena Scott has a diverse professional background with experience in communications, public policy, and political strategy. She most recently served as the Communications Manager for the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, and previously held the Deputy Communications Director role for the Kentucky Senate Majority Caucus. Jena graduated from Bellarmine University with a degree in Environmental Studies focusing on public policy and began her professional career working in political strategy for statewide political campaigns. She resides in her hometown of Paris, Kentucky.

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    229 Shelby Street


    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Tel: 502-226-3975
    Fax: 502-226-3977