Mike Krause is a senior advisor* in Bradley’s Governmental Affairs and Economic Development practice groups, where he represents clients before the executive and legislative branches of government in Tennessee and Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining the firm, Mike served for 14 years in Tennessee state government, holding senior leadership roles in two administrations. Most recently, he served as the executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, where he was the primary government relations advocate for higher education before the legislature and the executive branch. He was responsible for coordinating and submitting all recurring and nonrecurring funding requests to both the governor and the General Assembly; provided constant advocacy, advice and committee testimony throughout the budgeting process; launched multiple workforce training programs directly aligned with state economic development goals; and acted as the spokesperson for financial aid issues before federal agencies and Congress. Mike also served as the coordinator for all state higher education efforts relative to COVID-19, acting as the liaison between campuses and the Tennessee Department of Health and the governor’s Unified Command Group during the pandemic.
Mike previously served as a senior staff member for the office of Gov. Bill Haslam and as executive director for Tennessee Promise. He reported directly to the governor, serving as an advisor on an array of policy issues and higher education matters, and successfully lobbied the legislature to ensure passage of the historic FOCUS Act, resulting in the first higher education governance overhaul in 50 years. Mike also led the design, implementation, and statewide campaign for Tennessee Promise, the first free community college program in the nation.
A frequent commentator in the media, his work has been covered by Politico, The Wall StreetJournal, The New York Times, NPR and CNN. Mike received a Master of Public Policy from Vanderbilt University and a B.S. in Public Management from Austin Peay State University. He also served in the United States Army as a member of the 101st Airborne Division for six years.
*Mike Krause is not an attorney.