Mike Robinson is a seasoned legislative strategist with deep knowledge of both politics and process, sharpened over a 20-year career in Washington. Mike earned his stripes on Capitol Hill, where he is well-known with Members of Congress on both sides of aisle for his ability to build bridges, navigate choppy political waters, and get the job done.
As a principal at Mehlman Castagnetti, Mike provides strategic counsel to clients on a broad range of legislative issues. With a deep bench of relationships both on and off Capitol Hill, Mike has the toolbox and know-how to get results for Mehlman Castagnetti clients.
Most recently, Mike served as the first-ever Director of Coalitions and Member Services for the House Appropriations Committee, where he spearheaded outreach to Members of Congress and third-party groups. Working side-by-side with House Leadership, Committee members, and rank-and-file members, he played an integral role in negotiating and shepherding must-pass funding bills through the legislative process.
Over his career, he has also developed close relationships with various industry and association groups, often serving as an expert speaker on congressional outlook, appropriations, and legislative affairs.
Mike honed his skills in several senior positions with the U.S. House of Representatives, including serving as Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Advisor for the Office of the Majority leader from 2005 to 2006, Legislative Director to now-Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky from 2002-2005, and as a senior legislative aide to members of the Appropriations Committee and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He began his tenure on Capitol Hill serving on the staff of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. His legislative portfolio includes appropriations, transportation, labor, energy, defense, and homeland security issues.
Prior to joining the Appropriations Committee, was the Director of Legislative Affairs for the American Trucking Associations, the nation’s largest trucking association. Keyed into the economic environment and political landscape, Mike directed successful strategies – including grassroots and coalition development – that secured legislative wins for the association.
A native of Corning, NY, Mike is a graduate of Cornell University. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife Kristy.