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Top Lobbyist

Created BY lobbyists FOR lobbyists

We set out on a mission to create a yearly Top Lobbyist list that is more representative of the profession and not simply based on who you know or where you work. Our judges blindly evaluate each nominee to ensure receiving the honor of Top Lobbyists is 100% merit based.  


Our list is comprised of lobbyists, PAC managers, and grassroots professionals that have been nominated by their colleagues, Congressional staff, or clients for their outstanding work. This distinction spotlights professionals that saw significant legislative success, have been innovative in their field, are held in high regard by their clients or members, and are individuals who give back to their community through charity or pro bono work.

2023 Top Lobbyists Announced

Nomination Process

  • Nominees must be nominated by a co-worker, client, congressional/agency staff, or peer within the profession.

  • The nomination packet must clearly demonstrate 2023 lobbying, PAC, or grassroots success. Successes from previous years will not be considered.

  • Both Federal and State lobbyists, PAC Managers/Directors, and grassroots professionals may be nominated.

  • A nominee may, and is encouraged, to be nominated by more than one person. There is no limit on the number of times a nominee may be nominated as long as they are nominated by a different nominator each time.

  • The nominee DOES NOT have to be a member of the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics.

  • All nominator and nominee information will be kept confidential. A nominee will only be notified if they are chosen and will not be told who nominated them.

  • Only individuals will be considered, please do not nominate teams.

  • If you wish to include letters of recommendation to your nomination packet the following are accepted and encouraged.

    • Letter of recommendation from a Congressional or agency staff, client, peer within the profession, or community-based organization.

      • Letters must include:

        • Relationship to nominee,

        • What issue or campaign did you work with them on,

        • What was the outcome of your work together, and

        • Why, in your opinion, does the nominee stand out?

    • If you would like to provide a letter of recommendation to add to the nomination packet of an individual you know has been nominated, please send it to Nicole at

  • If you have any questions about the nomination process please reach out to Nicole at

Nominee Evaluation

Each nominee will be evaluated using the criteria below


Did the nominee have significant 2023 lobbying, PAC, or grassroots success?​​


Did the nominee innovate in their field? How were they thought leaders in their policy area or profession? 


Is the nominee viewed positively by their peers? Does the nominee provide pro bono services and/or participate within their community?

Previous Recipients

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