Emily Bacque.
Director of Federal Affairs


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Through The Picard Group’s affiliation with the Washington D.C. based firm, CJ Lake, Emily Bacque serves as Director of Federal Affairs for The Picard Group.

Bacque has represented local governments since 2005. She has worked with local government on annual appropriations efforts, infrastructure needs, on countless grant applications, and submission of comments to the federal docket. More recently, she has advocated on behalf of local governments' urgent need for additional federal funding to combat the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has developed annual legislative platforms and strategies to achieve those goals. She brings incredible experience, depth, and value to the firm’s appropriations and budget practice. This experience has led to the development of successful federal advocacy agendas tailored to each client’s unique federal needs.


Having worked in the Senate, Bacque has contacts and relationships with Republicans and Democrats alike in both the House and Senate and on the relevant committees. She has extensive contacts with Members and staff that go beyond the Louisiana Congressional Delegation. Additionally, she has contacts in the executive branch to include the Departments of Health, Housing, Justice, Transportation, Homeland Security, and Energy.


Bacque worked for Senator John Breaux (D-LA), a member of the Senate Commerce and Finance Committees, for six years where she served as Legislative Assistant responsible for handling Defense, Foreign Affairs, Veterans, and Homeland Security issues. In addition, Bacque was the appropriations coordinator for the office, responsible for coordinating the office efforts to secure federal funding for Louisiana programs and projects.


Bacque received her bachelor's degree in International Studies from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She is married and has two children.

Our Team

Rodney Alexander.

Senior Director of Federal Affairs

John Assini.

Federal Affairs Advisor

Nick Cahanin.

Director of State & Local Government Affairs

Steve Cosminski.

Director of Finance

Faith Garbett.

Director of Administration

Hunter Hall.

Deputy Director of Federal Affairs

Caroline Higgins.

Legislative Analyst

Paige Hightower.

Director of External and Association Management Affairs

Chuck Kleckley.

Senior Director of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs

David Koke.

Deputy Director of Policy

Mike Michot.

Senior Director of State Affairs

Tyron Picard.


Nic Walts.

Director of Policy