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.
Vice President Government Relations
Mike joins Long, Nyquist & Associates after spending the last nine years leading the state and local government affairs work for both Allegheny Energy, Inc. and CONSOL Energy, Inc. in Pennsylvania. His knowledge of the electric generation markets, the public policy and regulatory aspects of the energy industry are an invaluable requisite for any successful business. He also has found that strengthening a company's partnership with local and state governments, as well as the communities inside of its business footprint are a must when trying to secure permits and support for a growth business model.
Before moving to the private sector, Mr. Kriner served almost ten years in the Pennsylvania Senate in various legislative roles. His focus for most of his tenure was economic development, infrastructure projects, budget, tax and energy policy. Prior to leaving the Senate, he served as chief-of-staff to Senator Joe Scarnati.
Mr. Kriner graduated from Moravian College with a B.A. in Political Science and History.
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.
|Amy Long, Associate
Amy joined Long, Nyquist & Associates in April of 2011 after working in key positions in the General Assembly for 26 years. Amy brings with her a wealth of experience and close relationships built in the House of Representatives and Senate. She has been critical in helping our clients understand the complexities and inner workings of the House and Senate.
Amy began her career in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1985 where she remained for 19 years, having worked for Samuel E. Hayes, Jr., the Republican Whip for seven of those years. Following his retirement, Amy began as an Executive Assistant to Representative Patricia Vance and went with her to the Senate in 2004.
During her time in the Senate, Amy worked for the Public Health and Welfare Committee, which Senator Vance Chairs, assisting with committee meetings, hearings, etc. Amy also gained tremendous experience as she worked with Senator Vance to solve problems that many municipalities, groups, and individuals had with state government.
|Mark Phenicie, Associate
Mark Phenicie leaves almost 27 years of service to the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association to join Long Nyquist & Associates. As Legislative Counsel, he was the chief lobbyist and was responsible for instituting and implementing legislative strategy and was also the political strategist for the 2,400 members practicing in all four corners of the Commonwealth. He previously served as Deputy Counsel and Special Assistant to State Treasurer, R. Budd Dwyer, from 1980-1987, where he coordinated legislative and political activities.
He has been regularly rated and is widely regarded as one of the top lobbyists in the State Capitol, with very extensive relationships and friendships with members in every caucus. In 2005, he was named by The Pennsylvania Report as one of the most influential people in Pennsylvania politics.
He graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania cum laude, with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Economics and Political Science. He served as Student Body President in 1976. He graduated from Duquesne University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree. He is currently licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania. Mark also served as Mifflin County Republican Chairman, and as Treasurer of the Republican State Committee.
|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.
|John Burch, Associate
John Burch joined Long Nyquist & Associates following a successful fourteen year career with Dr. Pepper Snapple Group where he worked in public relations. John’s experience implementing marketing initiatives, sales strategies and his expertise in business development make him an important asset to Long Nyquist & Associates.
In his role as a Government Relations Associate, John works with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as well as the Senate and House of Representatives. He develops and coordinates legislative and regulatory priorities for our clients.
John graduated from Lebanon Valley College in 1995 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration.
|Tim Nyquist, Associate
Tim spent over 15 years in the Pennsylvania State Senate where he attained a wide array of experience in various capacities within state government. Much of his time in the Senate, he worked under Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati. There, Tim worked his way up to the position of Director of Policy and Communications, which placed him in a leadership role among staff in the State Senate. In addition, he spent several years working as the Senator’s district director, where he worked on several economic development projects, assorted pieces of legislation, and oversaw the operations of the district staff.
In addition to working with Senator Scarnati, Tim also spent time as Chief of Staff to Senate Appropriations Chairman, Jake Corman. During his time with both Senator Scarnati and Senator Corman, he regularly attended Senate Republican Caucus meetings, a duty only assigned to the most senior of staff.
Tim is a graduate of Clarion University.
|Kaitlin Gordon, Executive 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.