Political Science, University of Wisconsin Whitewater
Professional & Civic Affiliations
President, National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics, 2016-Present
Public Policy Certificate, National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics
Hall of Fame, Hoops for Youth Foundation
Paul is a founding partner of Miller/Wenhold Capitol Strategies where he uses his decades of experience on Capitol Hill to successfully formulate and execute government affairs strategies on behalf of clients. Paul leverages this expertise to build partnerships that drive public policy through strong relationships with both executive and legislative branches of government that cross the ideological spectrum.
In 2005 Paul was elected the youngest President of the American League of Lobbyists, the national association representing the lobbying profession. In 2016 Paul started the National Institute For Lobbying & Ethics where he currently serves as President.
Paul has vast experience in the lobbying profession and in January of 2006, he introduced the first lobbying certificate program for the profession. A program designed to help lobbyists keep pace with the profession and its standards.
He led the successful fight to bring about changes to the electronic filing system in the House of Representatives. These changes make it easier for lobbyists to comply and meet their obligations under federal law and allow the general public an opportunity to view lobbying reports online in real time.
Paul was also instrumental in shaping the debate on lobbying reform in 2006 and 2007. As chief spokesman and lobbyist for the profession, Paul met with leaders from both parties on the issue of reform. He has appeared before both the House and Senate and has appeared on most television programs educating the public on the issue of lobbying and proposed changes to the Lobbying Disclosure Act. He has been a tireless champion in the fight to protect every citizen’s right to petition their government through lobbying activities.
As a leader in his profession, Paul has traveled abroad to meet with leaders in Peru, Chile, and Indonesia. Paul has also met with leaders from Great Britain, Brazil, Viet Nam, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Scandinavia, Poland, and Japan here in the U.S. to talk about lobbying and how they can go about creating an effective system for lobbyists in their countries.
He has appeared on NBC Nightly News, ABC News, C-Span, CNN, MSNBC, The News Hour with Jim Lehr, and Lou Dobbs discussing ethics and transparency issues.
In addition to his professional life, Paul believes that giving back to the community is an important part of any business. That is why in 1999 Paul created the Hoops for Youth Foundation, which pits members of Congress vs. lobbyists each year in an effort to raise money for children's charities in the Washington, D.C. area. To date the Foundation has raised over $2.5 million for local kids.
Additionally, Paul is the founder of the Virginia Small Business Partnership, which is a statewide policy group focused on the needs of small businesses.
Paul currently serves on his alma maters Deans Advisory Board at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. In 2013 Paul was named Northern Virginia Businessman of the Year.
Paul was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin Whitewater where he received his B.S. in Political Science. Paul spent his senior year interning for former U.S. Congressman Les Aspin.
He is married to his wife Amy and they have two daughters Taylor and Alexis.
March 14, 2011: Lobbying Rules and Regulations, C-Span
December 21, 2020: Biden's Ban on Lobbyists in his Administration would be Unwise and Discriminatory, StarTribune
February 8, 2021: How the Jan. 6 Riot Could Make it Tougher to Lobby, Roll Call