Michael Pawlowski was named a partner with Capitol Counsel, a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. He was the chief of staff to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, before returning to Alaska to work as a partner with lobbyist and former Sen. Jerry Mackie in Juneau, playing a major role in the reelection of Murkowski to the Senate in 2022. He will remain partners with Mackie.
Capitol Counsel’s Partner, Shannon Finley, said Pawlowski “brings decades of political, policy, and process expertise at both the state and federal levels. He will be a tremendous asset to our already strong senate, health care, appropriations, and energy teams. In this closely divided congress, his relationships will help guide our clients to successful outcomes in an increasingly complicated regulatory and legislative landscape.”
During his tenure as Sen. Murkowski’s chief of staff and primary advisor and strategist, “Fish,” as he is known, played a crucial role in various efforts to reform the Affordable Care Act, Comprehensive Tax Reform, the opening of the 1002 area of ANWR, and he worked to develop policies to support the development of the Keystone Pipeline, three Supreme Court nominations, and the federal response to the global pandemic.
He has previously worked for the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority, was a legislative aide in the Alaska State Legislature and was Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Revenue under Gov. Sean Parnell, when he had a major role in writing and promoting Senate Bill 21, an overhaul of the state’s oil tax regime that was known previously as ACES.