State Government Affairs: Elections, Policy, and Strategy

October 8, 2020 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

As lawmakers, businesses, and citizens navigate the uncertainties of the Covid-19 pandemic, policy action at the state level is playing an increasingly critical role in shaping the way our nation will look in 2021 and beyond.

Bloomberg Government and the State Government Affairs Council will explore how the current climate will impact state governments, policy trends, and the role industry plays in the legislative process.

Join us for critical conversations on state policy and strategy issues, including:

  • Key congressional races and policy implications to watch
  • State legislative priorities for the year ahead
  • How state government affairs professionals can optimize their influence in a virtual environment



Greg Giroux
Senior Elections Reporter
Bloomberg Government

Greg Giroux writes and edits profiles of members of Congress, analyzes congressional voting behavior, and contributes to Bloomberg's coverage of campaigns, elections, money in politics, the 2020 census, and redistricting. He joined Bloomberg in 2010 as an analyst with BGOV and previously worked at Congressional Quarterly, where he helped write and edit seven editions of the almanac "Politics in America.” He's calculated the presidential election returns in all 435 congressional districts. In 2011, POLITICO recognized Greg as one of "50 politicos to watch."
Heidi Green

Heidi Green
Managing Director
Deloitte LLP

Heidi leads Deloitte’s government relations strategy for State, Local and Higher Ed. She rejoined Deloitte after serving as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In her role with the Firm, Heidi works with Deloitte’s State, Local and Higher Ed leaders to advance relationships with state and local elected officials. Prior to USDA, she served in several state roles, including Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Senior Advisor in the Office of the Governor for Georgia and as State Projects Director for U.S. Senator Coverdell.
Cliff Johnson

Cliff Johnson
General Manager & Head of Government Affairs Solutions
Bloomberg Government

Robert G. Sweeney

Robert G. Sweeney
Managing Director, State & Local Government Relations

Rob Sweeney leads Citi's State and Local Government Relations (SLGR) group, directing its advocacy efforts and outreach to state and local officials. Rob joined Citigroup's State and Local Government Relations team in August 2000 after serving as a Legislative Director for the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) in Washington, DC. Rob graduated cum laude from Providence College and received his JD from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.
Emory Wilkerson

Emory Wilkerson
Vice President
State Government Affairs Council

Emory Wilkerson is Associate General Counsel and Lead Attorney for the Law Department Southeastern Office of the State Farm Insurance Companies. Emory began his practice of law as an insurance defense litigator with the law firm of Darroch and Obenshain in Atlanta, Georgia in 1988. He earned both an undergraduate and graduate degree from Emory University, Atlanta, GA. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Mercer University Law School, Macon, GA.

Emily Wilkins
Senior Congressional Reporter
Bloomberg Government

Emily Wilkins covers Congress for Bloomberg Government, with a focus on the House and the politics surrounding policy. She previously covered House and Senate races in the 2020 election, and before that was the federal education reporter for Bloomberg Government. She is a frequent contributor to Bloomberg TV and radio. She has a bachelor’s of journalism and political science from Michigan State University.