When one discusses Texas political consulting and lobbying, there are few names more synonymous with the subject than Andrea McWilliams. She currently is one of the top lobbyists in Texas, working alongside her husband at McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants, a firm they co-founded. Interestingly, they represent both Republican and Democrats in their fundraising and lobbying work, ensuing their clients policy spans across the aisle. She has been widely featured by national and international media including CNN, USA Today, FOX News, BBC and the Wall Street Journal.
Working with government has always been a calling for Andrea McWilliams, who was named as a Chief of Staff at the young age of just 21 years old. She is highly influential in many Texas political circles and that success led to the Austin Business Journal naming her as the top lobbyist in Texas.
One of her greatest successes came in the 81st Legislative Session, when Andrea McWilliams successfully passed $100 million incentives for clean coal. The incentives will push Texas to have the globe’s most highly advanced clean coal power plant that is capable of capturing carbon. She has also been widely acknowledges for a key role in saving a $3 billion cancer research package, that may have been dead in the water without her skill set.
Andrea is also a longtime philanthropist, known for serving on boards of many notable non-profits including the Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital, the Waterloo President’s Council, HeartGift, Pioneer Farms, Austin Children in Crisis, Texas Lyceum and Rise Across Texas Challenge, just to name a few. Her career success and dedication to giving back have earned her a multitude of awards and recognition. Among those, Andrea McWilliams has been named as a recipient of the Austin Business Journal’s “Profiles in Power,” the “Austin Under 40” Award and was named the “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas.