In 2005, Paul was elected the youngest President of the American League of Lobbyists (now the Association of Government Relations Professionals), the national association representing the lobbying profession. In 2016, Paul started the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics where he currently serves as President.
Paul was also instrumental in shaping the debate on lobbying reform in 2006 and 2007. As chief spokesman and lobbyist for the profession, Paul met with leaders from both parties on the issue of reform. He has appeared before both the House and Senate and has appeared on most television programs educating the public on the issue of lobbying and proposed changes to the Lobbying Disclosure Act. He has been a tireless champion in the fight to protect every citizen’s right to petition their government through lobbying activities.
As a leader in his profession, Paul has met with global leaders—here and abroad—from Peru, Chile, Indonesia, Great Britain, Brazil, Viet Nam, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Scandinavia, Poland, and Japan to talk about lobbying and how they can go about creating an effective system for lobbyists in their countries.
He has appeared on NBC Nightly News, ABC News, C-Span, CNN, MSNBC, The News Hour with Jim Lehr, and Lou Dobbs discussing ethics and transparency issues.
Paul believes strongly that giving back to the community is an important part of any business. In 1999, he created the Hoops for Youth Foundation, which pits members of Congress vs. lobbyists each year in an effort to raise money for children’s charities in the Washington, D.C. area. To date the Foundation has raised over $2.5 million for local kids.
Paul currently serves on his alma mater’s Deans Advisory Board at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. In 2013, Paul was named Northern Virginia Businessman of the Year.
Born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, Paul received his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. Paul spent his senior year interning for former U.S. Congressman Les Aspin.
He is married to Amy and they have two daughters, Taylor and Alexis.