OUR TEAM

Mark Middleton
mark@middletonpa.com
Mark Middleton, a 1991 Graduate of the University of Georgia's School of Law, has focused his practice on governmental relations, agency procurement, legislative drafting, and regulatory law. He is a partner with Middleton Public Affairs, LLC ("MPA"), and the respected statewide law firm of Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford & Martin, LLC.

As a former Hearing Officer at the Georgia Public Service Commission, and as the Georgia Department of Education Chief of Staff, Mark brings a broad range of experiences for the benefit of his clients.

Mark has also been politically active, primarily providing legal advice and policy direction to various campaigns and initiatives, including the successful campaign that created the City of Peachtree Corners. In
the 2018 election cycle, Mark served as the Senior Policy Advisor and Transition Co-Chair to Republican Governor Brian P. Kemp.

He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission.
Hannah Weiss is a 2016 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish.

Hannah served four sessions in the Georgia State Senate including three as the Policy Coordinator in the office of the President Pro Tempore.

As the firm's Director of Government Affairs and Policy, Hannah serves a wide range of clients in all areas of business including those in the education, healthcare, transportation and technology sectors.

She works to develop policy positions and legislative strategies for the benefit of our clients.
Brooke Turner
brooke@middletonpa.com
Brooke Turner is a 2020 graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Communication Studies. She also holds a Public Affairs Professional Certificate in Applied Politics.

Brooke served as an intern with Middleton Public Affairs during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions. She also participated in the Governor’s Internship Program in Summer 2019 following her time on Governor Brian Kemp’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign.

As Government Affairs Manager, Brooke works with our clients to create strategies and build relationships in the Executive and Legislative branches of state government.
Lynne Middleton
lynne@middletonpa.com
Lynne Middleton is a graduate of the University of Georgia's Terry School of Business with a degree in Marketing.  As a principal of Middleton Public Affairs, she specializes in association management and is currently the Executive Director of both the Georgia Railroad Association and the Regional Business Coalition of Metropolitan Atlanta.

In these roles, Lynne is responsible for all management, administrative, financial and event planning functions for both organizations.

Lynne also provides those executive functions for Middleton Public Affairs and supports MPA's delivery of services to our clients.

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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Middleton Public Affairs provides public affairs services in Georgia at the state and local level to a variety of large companies, small businesses, government vendors, governmental authorities, and associations. The firm has a wide variety of business, government and campaign experiences that we bring to bear for the benefit of our clients in the areas of issue advocacy, procurement strategy, policy development, and regulatory representation.

Lobbying and Issue Advocacy
The team has been lobbying at the Capitol since the 1990s and has a history of success and professionalism at the Capitol. Legislative lobbying is our area of expertise and we provide a comprehensive approach that leverages professional relationships, legislative process expertise, and experience. We spend time learning about our client's businesses and assist them in creating strong strategic plans to accomplish their advocacy goals. We see lobbying as a full-time endeavor and we regularly meet and communicate with our clients before, during, and after the General Assembly session.

Procurement
The firm has a long track record of assisting clients that seek to provide goods and services or desire a public/private partnership with the State of Georgia.

Campaign Support and Policy Development
Policy development is critical for election campaigns seeking to break from the pack and businesses seeking to understand how to maneuver in the new economy. Mark, Brooke and Hannah have the necessary experience to identify and develop successful policy initiatives.
  
Regulatory Representation
Mark also has considerable experience in representing clients before the various agencies of the state such as the Department of Insurance, Department of Economic Development, Public Service Commission, State Charter Commission and Department of Education, and the numerous professional boards administered by the Secretary of State and the Department of Community Health.

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ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT

Middleton Public Affairs provides excellent services related to all aspects of association management, including financial services, event planning, member services, and communications.

MPA provides financial services that include billing, collection, accounting, accounts payable and tax reporting.

We are also experts in event planning, and our services include complete responsibility for planning and successfully executing large events such as an association's annual meeting, and lobbying related events such as Capitol Day programs and legislative seminars.

The firm also has significant communications and member services experience, and regularly delivers industry specific communications to its clients through email blasts, newsletters, and website management.

Lynne and Hannah are the team members primarily responsible for delivering the association management services. The firm has provided full service management (including government affairs) to the Georgia Railroad Association ("GRA"). Lynne is currently the Executive Director of both the Georgia Railroad Association and the Regional Business Coalition of Metropolitan Atlanta, a collation of local chambers of commerce.

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CLIENT EXAMPLES

As the voice for freight rail in Georgia, the Georgia Railroad Association promotes policies, programs, and legislation that enhance the business climate in which Georgia’s railroads operate, and oppose efforts that would negatively alter or impact Georgia’s railroads.
With over 800,000 members in Georgia, AAA is a knowledgeable and well-respected partner to the state in matters related to driver safety and transportation issues.
As the pioneer for providing curriculum and management services to charter schools and local districts, K12 focuses on creating public policy that provides choices to Georgia families.
 

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