Nate Haney, a high-level member of Gov. Matt Bevin’s team, is leaving his post in the executive cabinet to join the private-sector lobbying firm of McCarthy Strategic Solutions.
The Louisville Republican will join McCarthy Strategic Solutions as a principal. Haney is the highest-level Bevin administration policy staffer to depart the administration for the government affairs sector.
Bevin tapped Haney, the former head of the Jefferson County Republican Party, to serve as deputy secretary of the Executive Cabinet on Jan. 19 of 2016. Before joining the cabinet, Haney previously played a senior role on the Bevin transition team.
“Nate has been a tremendous asset to our administration and we thank him for his service to the Commonwealth,” Bevin said in a statement. “His commitment to helping Kentucky become the best version of itself was evident in the quality of his work, particularly with his passion for our Red Tape Reduction initiative. We are grateful for his dedication and wish him all the best in his new endeavor.”
As deputy secretary of Bevin’s cabinet, Haney worked with senior staff, cabinet secretaries and legislative leaders on a litany of issues, including leading the “red tape reduction” efforts, regulatory reform, transportation and criminal justice reform, according to a press release.
Haney was also part of Bevin’s senior strategy team. He served as the governor’s liaison to SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region), to the Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s search for a President and CEO, and other duties.
Haney will bring his experiences from a year in the governor’s cabinet as well as his time as an attorney to the lobbying outpost founded by John McCarthy, former Republican Party of Kentucky chairman.
Haney’s experience in working with senior Republican leadership in all branches of government in the commonwealth is being touted by the lobbying group. At McCarthy Strategic Solutions, Haney is expected to use those relationships and knowledge of state government policy to work for clients, focusing heavily on Executive Branch matters as well as legislation under consideration by the General Assembly.
“Nate is the total package for a lobbying firm. He has key relationships, he knows policy, and he understands how businesses can be impacted by government action,” McCarthy, the firm’s founder and managing partner, said in a statement. “Nate’s key relationships with the Governor’s Office and other Executive Branch players coupled with his roots from eastern Kentucky will prove an invaluable asset to our clients and our firm.”
Haney also praised his new employer in a statement, calling the government affairs firm the “center of gravity in Frankfort” adding he is “proud” to join their team which includes partner Amy Wickliffe; strategic partners Ron Geoghegan and “Skipper” Martin; and principals Sherman Brown and Jeff Busick.
“If you want to understand Frankfort and get things done, the best firm to hire, hands down, is John McCarthy’s shop. His track record of delivering for clients and maintaining the best relationships in Kentucky attracted me to this position,” Haney said.