LONG, NYQUIST & ASSOCIATES is a professional advocacy firm specializing in providing strategic counsel, skillful government relations and public affairs services. Long, Nyquist & Associates uses the proven skills of its professionals to empower its clients to meet their government and public affairs objectives. We specialize in the presentation and advancement of client issues before federal, state and local legislators and regulators. In furthering the interests of its clients, Long, Nyquist & Associates also provides public affairs and strategic communications assistance to support client objectives.
Michael S. Long, Partner
Mike is the co-founder of Long, Nyquist & Associates and is one of "Pennsylvania's Ten Most Influential People" according to the January, 2010 issue of Politics magazine, a national publication. He has been universally recognized as the architect of the Republican dominance of the Pennsylvania State Senate. In addition to the Politics Magazine article, Mr. Long is consistently rated by various news sources as one of the most influential figures in the Pennsylvania political process.
For 23 years, Long served as Majority Staff Administrator to the President Pro Tempore - the most senior staff position in the Senate. In this capacity, he directed all staff and administration functions, as well as being actively involved in the legislative process.
After helping the current President Pro Tempore, Joseph B. Scarnati to organize his office, Long founded a government relations firm on January 1, 2007. In November 2009, he partnered with Todd Nyquist to form Long, Nyquist & Associates.
Mr. Long graduated from Millersville University with a B.A. in Political Science and received a Master's of Science degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University.
Todd R. Nyquist, Partner
In January of 2010, Politics magazine named him one of the top influencers in the "opinion of people who matter" in Pennsylvania. A force to be reckoned with in Pennsylvania's legislative and political arenas, Todd co-founded Long, Nyquist & Associates with Mike Long in 2009.
Prior to co-founding LN&A, Mr. Nyquist previously served as the long-time chief-of-staff, political advisor, and alter ego to President Pro Tempore & Lieutenant Governor Joe Scarnati. Instrumental in the election of 30 Republican Members of the Senate, Todd forges relationships by winning in "the arena".
Todd was actively engaged in all legislative, budgetary and personnel matters for the Senate Republican Caucus as the Majority Staff Administrator – the most senior staff position in the Senate. His knowledge of the political landscape and understanding of the relationship between policy and politics has led to numerous client victories and is considered by his peers to be unparalleled.
Mr. Nyquist graduated from Clarion University with a B. S. in Finance.
Josh Wilson, Associate
From the state capitol to statewide political campaigns, Josh Wilson brings a decade's worth of governmental and political experience to the firm.
After earning a degree in education from Millersville University, Josh joined the staff of Senator Jeff Piccola, R-Dauphin, serving the senator as a district and legislative aide. As a member of the senator's staff, Josh worked extensively in the areas of transportation, local government, education and environmental protection.
As floor assistant to the Senate Majority Whip, Josh gained valuable, firsthand insight into the legislative machinations of the Pennsylvania State Senate.
After his service in the Senate, Josh spent two years serving as Political and Communications Director at the Republican State Committee of PA. Subsequently, he worked on numerous congressional, state senate and house races and successfully managed both Justice Tom Saylor's and Justice Mike Eakin's bipartisan re-elections to the PA Supreme Court. Josh has been active in countless local and county elections and served as an elected Susquehanna Township Commissioner for 5 years and was past-President of the Susquehanna Township Lions Club.
Josh was recognized for his governmental and political achievements by the Harrisburg Patriot-News as one of the region's top 20 young professionals.
Noel Nyquist, Associate
Noel got her start as a legislative assistant to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and quickly gained a world of experience into the matters surrounding state government as an economic development and state grants specialist. She joined the staff of Senator Don White, where she was promoted to Executive Director of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.
In 2007, Ms. Nyquist became engaged in the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, assisting in the development of key legislation pertaining to the oversight of the proposed merger between Highmark, Inc. and Independence Blue Cross, as well as legislation to extend the MCARE program which provides a financial safety net to help Pennsylvania's healthcare providers cover their medical malpractice insurance costs.
In Senator White's absence, Nyquist was the designee on the PENNVEST Board, which provides grants and low-interest loans to fund sewer, storm water and drinking water projects through the Commonwealth.
Ms. Nyquist is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a B.S. in Public Administration.
|Bill Parker, Associate
Bill Parker has spent more than two decades advocating on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is a co-founder of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and is a member of several boards engaged in charitable work on behalf of the IDD community.
Instrumental in obtaining $100 million in Federal research funds benefiting Fragile X Syndrome and Autism, he has also testified in front of Congress, worked with the Centers for Disease Control in creating educational programs, and authored the Special Needs Savings Accounts legislation currently pending in Congress.
|Faith Bender, Associate
Faith brings to the firm a breadth of experience in both politics and state government. She joins the firm following her most recent role as a key staff member for Mike Fitzpatrick's successful campaign to reclaim his U.S. Congressional seat in Bucks County's 8th Congressional District.
Prior to returning to the campaign trail, Ms. Bender served for more than five years as a Budget Analyst in the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee. In this capacity she developed an intimate understanding of the legislative and particularly the appropriations process. As the staff member with primary responsibility for the capital budget and agriculture, labor and industry, judiciary, and transportation funding, Faith developed key relationships with committee chairmen and rank-and-file members of the House or Representatives alike.
Faith's legislative experience extends to the Senate of Pennsylvania as well, where she served as a Legislative Assistant to Senate President Pro Tempore Robert C. Jubelirer. Faith also served as Finance Director of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee during a period of sustained electoral success for Senate Republicans.
Beyond state government, Faith served as Chairperson of the Lebanon County Republican Committee. Her skills and leadership helped continue the Republican Party's dominance in Lebanon County in a difficult political environment for Republicans.
Ms. Bender earned a B.S. in Public Administration from Kutztown University.
|Amy Long, Associate
Amy joined Long, Nyquist & Associates in April of 2011 after working in the Pennsylvania General Assembly for 25 years. Amy brings with her a wealth of experience and close relationships in the House of Representatives. She has been critical in helping our clients understand the complexities of the unwritten rules of the House (more to come).
|Megan Callahan, Associate
Megan's experience comes from the private sector where she developed a strong background in government and public relations. Prior to joining Long Nyquist and Associates, Megan worked for a local government relations firm where she implemented client relations strategies and advocated on behalf of education, healthcare and pharmacy clients.
Megan also previously worked as an Account Executive for a Philadelphia based public relations agency. She worked on large public affairs accounts including Wal-Mart, PECO, Pennsylvania Workforce Development and Pennsylvania Treasury Department. Prior to her agency experience, Megan worked for a Harrisburg based government and public relations firm. As an associate in the firm's lobbying practice, Megan gained experience working with clients and developed knowledge and experience with legislative and public policy issues, campaign fundraising and event planning. Managing a number of different clients, ranging from energy to agriculture, non-profit to food and beverage, she developed and executed strategic legislative and communications plans both on the hill and in the public arena.
Megan is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where she received a B.A in English and minors in Political Science and Business Administration. She currently serves as a member of the Communities in Schools Capital Region Advisory Board.
|Megan Crompton, Associate
Megan Crompton joins the firm with 14 years of experience in the Legislative and Executive branches of state government. She served nine years in the Senate of Pennsylvania as Legislative Director to Senator Robert M. Tomlinson, chair, consumer protection and Professional Licensure Committee, where she worked on legislative and budget issues, developed grant proposals, coordinated media and public relations outreach and assisted with consumer protection and licensure issues.
While in the Senate, Megan aided in the enactment of numerous bills including: prohibiting texting while driving; authorizing table games and slot machines at casinos and racetracks in Pennsylvania; establishing the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act; requiring insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screening and expanding the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) program.
Prior to her Senate employment, Megan worked for the Ridge/Schweiker administration in the Governor’s Office of Legislative Affairs and later served as the Legislative Liaison for the Board of Probation and Parole and the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
Megan is a graduate of Penn State University.
|Brock McCleary, Associate
Brock McCleary comes to Long Nyquist & Associates from Washington, D.C. where he built a national reputation as a political strategist, pollster, press secretary, and public affairs consultant.
From 2009 to 2012, Brock served in several senior roles at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the political arm of House Republicans. In 2010, Republicans picked up 63 seats in the House of Representatives, the largest gain since 1948. That year, Brock served as the Northeast Political Director, overseeing a total of 14 pickups with five each in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Ohio.
In 2012, the NRCC secured the second largest majority for Republicans in the House since World War II. As the Deputy Political Director, McCleary was responsible for challenger and open seats races, which featured the pickup of 10 Democratic districts. As Polling Director, Brock rebuilt a non-existent polling department that conducted in-house IVR polling in addition to commissioning and analyzing over 200 polls from August to Election Day 2012.
Brock's relationships run deep throughout the House Republican Conference with Members and staff alike. Throughout his time at the committee, Brock worked closely with the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, which during his tenure turned to a 13-5 advantage for Republicans from a 7-12 deficit.
Brock previously served as Communications Director for Congressman Patrick McHenry of North Carolina. His work alongside Congressman McHenry, Chairman of the Census Oversight Subcommittee, is credited with preventing the Obama Administration from inviting politics into Census by replacing the counting of all Americans with statistical sampling.
As Vice President of Revolution Agency, a Washington-based public affairs firm, Brock managed legislative advocacy campaigns including an award-winning telecommunications effort with annual expenditures of $10 million.
Brock began his career as the Deputy Coalitions Director for Ridge/Schweiker '98. He would later serve as Political Director of the New Jersey Republican Party and as a consultant on state legislative races throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Brock's insights and perspectives as a political strategist have been covered nationally in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, POLITICO, National Journal, and Roll Call. He was recognized as a “Rising Star” in American politics by Campaigns & Elections magazine in 2010.
McCleary is a native of Waynesboro, PA. He graduated from Elizabethtown College in 1998 where he was elected State Chairman of the Pennsylvania College Republicans. He and his wife Nicole live in her hometown of York with their daughter, Harper.
Christopher Latta, Associate
Chris Latta provides a unique combination of technical, committee and leadership qualifications to Long, Nyquist & Associates. As chief-of-staff to the Senate Appropriations Committee, he is widely credited with helping shepherd Pennsylvania through its most significant fiscal challenges in sixty years.
In 2003 Mr. Latta was appointed Chief-of-Staff / Executive Director of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, where he lead teams responsible for writing and negotiating the passage of Pennsylvania's Health Savings Account law, the fiscally sound expansion of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Interstate Insurance Compact law. During the 2005 - 2006 legislative session, Chris was tasked with writing a series of bills, introduced by Chairman Armstrong, designed to bring down health insurance / care costs in Pennsylvania. Those bills now form the core of the Senate Republican proposal on the issue.
In between his two stints with the Pennsylvania Senate, Chris served in the administration of Governor Tom Ridge and Governor Mark Schweiker. He was responsible for the launch of Pennsylvania's Tobacco Settlement Endowment, served on the Public School Employees Retirement System Board, and was a key member of the executive team overseeing the largest IT expansion in state government in a generation.
Because of the nature of his staff assignments, he has built close relationships with Members and staff in all four legislative caucuses, the Governor's office, and the press.
Mr. Latta earned his B.A. degree in political science and history from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA and his M.B.A from the Pennsylvania State University.
|Shohin Vance, Associate
Shohin Vance, a true "home grown" member of the Long Nyquist team, has quickly developed an extensive resume in grassroots organization, earned media, press relations and political organizing. Shohin first joined our team as an intern while attending the University of Scranton and his keen abilities quickly rose to the surface as he aided the firm's full time staff with insightful research that led to a number of public policy victories. Upon graduation, Shohin began his career working for the Corbett Administration in the Department of Revenue, where he played a key role in the creation of a new reporting process that would help streamline the reporting and collection of delinquent taxes. Following his stint in the public sector, Shohin pursued his passion for electoral politics and successfully managed a hotly contested mid-state State Senate race. During the campaign, Shohin oversaw the direction and day-to-day operations of the entire operation, including press relations, grassroots organization, and messaging. Based upon his success, Shohin was tapped by Keith Rothfus to serve on his campaign for congress in Western Pennsylvania, a race that is recognized nationally as one of the most successful, and well-run campaigns in the 2012 cycle.
|Kaitlin Showers, Administrative Assistant
Kaitlin started her government career in 2009 as an Administrative Assistant to the Republican Administrative Services. She worked for various Republican Senators to complete daily and long term tasks. During this time she gained a large amount of knowledge in the legislative process and state government. In January of 2010, she joined the staff of Senator Jeffrey E. Piccola, R-Dauphin, serving the Senator as a receptionist and constituent services assistant for almost 3 years. Kaitlin handled various duties in the office to assist the Chairman of the Education Committee in getting what needed to be accomplished during each legislative session. Kaitlin has assisted the legislative staff in passing legislation, attending committee meetings, coordinated employment related and Human Relations Commission matters, and brings strong organizational skills as well as professional communication skills to the firm.