Jeff McAlvey

Jeff McAlvey

Jeff McAlvey began a tenure lasting nearly 14 years with Governor John Engler, starting in 1984 when Engler began serving as Senate Majority Leader. McAlvey oversaw the state appropriations process for the Senate Majority leader, as well as being Engler’s point person on the restoration of Michigan’s Capitol building. When Engler was elected Governor in 1991, Jeff assumed the role of the Governor’s Director of Legislative Relations. In that position, he coordinated all of the activities of the Engler Administration in the Michigan Legislature. This included the development of the Governor’s initiatives into legislation and the planning and execution of the strategies necessary to secure the successful passage of that legislation.

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Rusty Merchant

Rusty Merchant

Rusty Merchant currently serves as a partner with McAlvey, Merchant & Associates, a full service governmental and political consulting firm with offices in Lansing and Grand Rapids.

Prior to joining McAlvey, Merchant & Associates in 2003, Rusty served as Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. There, he was responsible for advocacy at the local, state and federal levels as well as the growth of the Friends of West Michigan Business into one of the top Political Action Committees in West Michigan.  Prior to his service with the Chamber, Rusty served in the Office of Majority Floor Leader Andrew Raczkowski (R-Farmington Hills) where he served as Chief-of-Staff from August of 1997 to March of 2000.  His responsibilities included assisting the Representative on the House floor and overseeing the day to day operations of a leadership office.  Floor duties included scheduling legislation, parliamentary procedure, assisting members in moving legislation through the process, and serving the needs of the Speaker of the House.

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Bob Emerson

Bob Emerson, who served more than a quarter-century in the Michigan Legislature before being tapped to be Michigan’s Budget Director, has joined the Lansing lobbying firm McAlvey, Merchant & Associates. Emerson served as Budget Director during the most challenging economic times since the Great Depression.

Emerson brings a wealth of experience, quality relationships and knowledge about the process that is unmatched in Lansing. He will lobby on behalf of a broad range of clients, from higher education and health care organizations to city governments and charitable groups.

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Molly Zolman

Molly Zolman

Molly joined McAlvey, Merchant & Associates in April, 2013 where she now serves as office manager. Prior to joining the firm, Molly worked for the Michigan Republican Victory Center in Muskegon, the House of Representative's Constituent Relations Office in Lansing, and most recently as a legislative assistant for Representative Roger Victory (R-Hudsonville). Molly graduated from Hillsdale College in 2010 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Economics. 

   

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