The Welch Group is a full-service government affairs and association management firm specializing in providing a broad suite of impactful services.

Our bipartisan government affairs team supports direct lobbying, strategic planning, crisis communication, PAC/Conduit administration, and issue management.

Our expert association and events team manages membership, digital assets, finances, partnerships, educational and advocacy events, and governance for professional associations.

"Over the years, Bob and his team have been invaluable to our organization. They are ahead of the game, and always represent our interests with assertiveness and professionalism."

Erik Huschitt, President, Wisconsin BioFuels Association


Our team at The Welch Group draws on extensive experience in Wisconsin public affairs to provide a customized, hands-on approach to every project we take on.

Founded by Bob and Jeanne Welch in 2004, TWG has grown to be one of the largest and most respected public affairs firms in Wisconsin. Over the past two decades, TWG has successfully represented dozens of clients in a wide variety of industries.

Bob Welch Headshot 22 Square

Bob Welch | Principal Partner & President

A graduate of MATC and Ripon College, Bob is a land-surveyor by profession, and served in the State legislature for twenty years. Bob was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1984, quickly rising to leadership positions. After ten years of service, Bob was elected to the State Senate in 1995, serving until 2004. The eventual sale of the surveying business allowed Bob and Jeanne to expand and diversify the services of The Welch Group. An active member of national political organizations, Bob has expertise in both national and international policy and business.

Principal Partner and Founder

Jim 2022 Sq (1)

Jim Steineke | Partner & Vice President of Advocacy

A native of the Milwaukee area, Jim now calls the Fox Valley home since moving there in 1991. He was a Realtor by profession, and served in the State legislature for nearly 12 years. Jim was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010, rising to leadership in just his second term. He’s spent the last 4 terms of his tenure in the legislature as the Majority Leader, which allowed him the opportunity to build critical relationships in both houses and with leaders across the country. In the legislature Jim worked on a wide variety of issues while also assisting members with their own. Jim’s background in business combined with his relationships in the legislature is an invaluable asset to The Welch Group and our clients.

Partner and Vice President of Advocacy

Untitled design - 1

Jordan Lamb | Principal

Jordan Lamb has over two decades of experience representing a diverse set of clients before the Wisconsin state legislature and state agencies. A Madison native, Jordan graduated from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin law school. She spent twenty years in private law practice serving government relations clients and developed a strong legal background in environmental and administrative law. Jordan is highly skilled at legislative planning and legislative analysis. She is a strong communicator both in writing and public speaking. Her legal background is an asset to our clients as they navigate complex state regulations.


Peter 2022 sq

Peter Welch | Managing Partner and Executive Vice President

Peter has over a decade of experience in public affairs in health care, education, and non-profit management. His expertise includes lobbying, strategic planning, organizational growth, non-dues revenue, and partnership development. At The Welch Group, Peter lobbies for a number of healthcare, renewable energy, and nonprofit clients, while overseeing business operations, business development, and association management operations. Before joining the family firm, he most recently served as the COO at the state Medical Society, overseeing all aspects of advocacy, membership, and communications. Peter holds a BA from Lawrence University, and a MA from Arizona State University.

Managing Partner and Executive Vice President

Wooden Desk

Jeanne Welch | Principal Partner & Vice President of Finance

An alumnus of UW-Madison, Jeanne was business manager and logistical coordinator of the surveying business for 14 years. She has over twenty years experience as an organizational coordinator with an emphasis on performance, fundraising, and public relations. Jeanne also has extensive experience in writing, coordinating and administering grants.

Principal Partner and Vice President of Finance

Anne Hauer 2022 - sq

Anne Hauer-Mossman | Director of Association Operations

Anne joined The Welch Group in the winter of 2021 after working in membership and health policy at the Wisconsin Medical Society. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse with a B.A. in Public Administration. At The Welch Group, Anne combines her skills in association management and organization to not only meet the clients’ needs, but to exceed their expectations.

Director of Association Management

Samantha 2023 -2560

Samantha Stohlman | Government Affairs Project Manager

Samantha has a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from Concordia University Wisconsin. After working for the Senate Majority Leader in the Wisconsin State Capitol she has returned as the Project Manager for the Government Affairs arm of TWG. Her role includes policy tracking, research and analysis, legislative communications and engagement, coordination of capitol days, management of PAC/Conduit operations, and support for TWGs rapidly growing lobbying services. Previously, she worked at TWG as an Associate Lobbyist for a variety of clients during the 2021-22 legislative session and joined the team as an Associate in 2019.

Government Affairs Project Manager

Emily Square Color

Emily Schroeder | Events and Member Engagement Coordinator

Emily joined The Welch Group after working as both a Camp Education and Events Manager and a wedding planner. She brings high energy and creativity to our events. She fills various roles within the Welch Group including event planning and detailing, registration tracking, special events photography, and budget and records management for events.

Events and Member Engagement Coordinator

Wooden Desk

Alex Michaelsen | Membership and Communications Coordinator

Alex has a B.B.A in Finance from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Previously coming from the Property Management Industry, he brings creative problem-solving solutions, a passion for building connections, and a knack for thoughtful marketing campaigns. He is excited to foster strong relationships and create effective communication initiatives with clients.

Membership and Communications Coordinator

Katie Headshot 2 (square)

Katie Carroll | Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Katie brings a wealth of organizational skills, customer service and expert data analysis to The Welch Group team. She tracks our projects, ensures we meet deadlines and helps us provide excellent service to each client. She joined The Welch Group in 2022, and brings more than 20 years experience in customer service, communications and organizational management within several industries including utilities, healthcare and hospitality.

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

jonas sq3

Jonas Hackett | Director of Technical Operations

Jonas is a graduate of Lawrence University and a native of central Wisconsin. He has extensive work experience in the areas of management and logistics, as well as working with non-profits. Jonas serves as Director of Technical Operations with the Welch Group concentrating on Legislation, Communications, Media, and IT. He is a talented writer, graphic artist, and web designer.

Director of Technical Operations

"The Welch Group’s Association Management team led our organization out of debt and made our operation sustainable again."

Cheri Hipenbecker, Past-President, Wisconsin Land Title Association


The Welch Group has successfully represented clients from a vast array of areas and industries. Some of our current and past clients and successes include:


Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation

Wisconsin Farm Credit Services

Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association

Wisconsin BioFuels Association

Wisconsin Corn Growers Association

Wisconsin Association of Professional Agricultural Consultants

Wisconsin Cattlemen's Association

Wisconsin Pork Association

Wisconsin Soybean Association

Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association


Green Bay Packers

General Motors

Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau

Beyond Vision

Wisconsin Startup Coalition

Georgia Pacific

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin

Sherwin Williams

Upper Midwest Chapter, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries

Apartment Association of South Central Wisconsin

Fox Valley Riparian Rights Association

Kacmarcik Center for Human Performance

Pawn America


Milwaukee Tech Week


Concordia University, Inc.

Stride, Inc.

Wisconsin Coalition of Virtual School Families


Wisconsin BioFuels Association

Wisconsin Biomass Energy Coalition

Dimensions Renewable Energy


BioForward Inc.
(formerly Wisconsin Biotechnology and Medical Device Association Inc)

Wisconsin Health Information Organization

Wisconsin Nurses Association


Wisconsin Biomedical Research Coalition

Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association

The Orthopaedic Surgery Center



Wisconsin Children's Museum Association

Overture Center for the Arts

Feeding Wisconsin

Wisconsin Housing Preservation Corp

The Washington Center

Local Government

Dane County Towns Association

League of Wisconsin Municipalities

Professional Associations

International Union of Operating Engineers Local #139

Wisconsin Land Title Association

Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors

Wisconsin Broadcasters Association

Association of State Prosecutors


Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association

Whitetails of Wisconsin

United States Sportsman Alliance

Safari Club International

"The Welch Group learned our organization by heart, treats us like family, and looks out for our interests. Signing a contract with them was one of the best decisions we've ever made."

Carl Schoettel, President, Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association


Interested in our services? Give us a call or fill out the contact form below and we'll get back to you shortly.