Andrea McWilliams is a native of Austin, and has been working in the political world since she earned the position of chief of staff at the young age of 21. She is the cofounder of McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants, which she runs with her husband Dean, and is strategist who has been recognized around the country for her lobbying work. Andrea was even named the top lobbyist in Texas in 2009 by the Austin Business Journal.

McWilliams shares that many people have a hard time explaining what she actually does. She recalls a recent event she attended where a client introduced her as a “consigliere to the powerful and political.” While she’d never heard her job described that way before, it’s a pretty accurate way to describe what McWilliams does on a daily basis.

As a Texas lobbyist, McWilliams works with her husband to craft policy in regulatory and legislative sectors on behalf of clients. The McWilliams are a rare Republican/Democrat team, which ensures that their clients are represented fairly. The couple has a track record that definitely speaks for itself.

In the 81st Legislative Session, McWilliams passed $100 million worth of incentive, making Texas the first place in the world with the most advanced clean coal power plant on the planet that captures carbon. In 2007, Andrea also had an “outside the Chamber role” in saving a cancer research package worth $3 billion.

Andrea McWilliams‘ devotion and commitment also extends beyond her political accomplishments. She is well known for her philanthropic work and is a longtime member of St. David’s Toast of the Town. McWilliams is also an inaugural member of the Long center’s Notable Women, and was the 2012 honorary chair of the Mamma Jamma Ride.