The Picard Group (TPG) is pleased to announce that former Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives Chuck Kleckley is joining the firm as Senior Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. Kleckley, who will be based in Lake Charles, brings 15 years of legislative and governmental affairs experience.
“All of us at The Picard Group are excited about the wealth of talent, insight, and statewide relationships that Chuck brings to the firm,” said Tyron Picard, Principal and Founder of TPG. “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Chuck since his days on the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and have seen how his attentive and calm demeanor often leads to solutions in the most complex situations. His relationships on both sides of the aisle, as well as at all levels of government, will be at a great resource for the firm and our clients.”
Kleckley, a native of Lake Charles, began working in government in 2000 when he was elected to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and served as its president in 2003. In 2005, Kleckley was elected as State Representative for District 36 in a special election and served in this role for 11 years.
From 2012 through 2016, Kleckley served as the 67th Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives – the first speaker from Calcasieu Parish. During his tenure in the Louisiana House of Representatives, Kleckley served on multiple committees, as well as the Chairman of the House Insurance Committee. He authored the WISE (Workforce & Innovation for A Stronger Economy) Fund bill and was a champion for higher education, protecting healthcare, improving the insurance and business climate, and advocating for Louisiana’s coastal issues.
Following three terms in the Louisiana House of Representatives, Kleckley retired from politics and started an independent governmental affairs and lobbying service firm.
“After serving 16 years as an elected official and almost four years in government relations, I’m thrilled to join the professional team at The Picard Group,” Kleckley said. “The Picard Group and I share the same values and goals of delivering timely and effective results.”
Mike Michot, TPG’s Senior Director of State Affairs, is also looking forward to working side by side with Kleckley. “As a legislator for 16 years, I had the opportunity to work closely with Chuck when we served in the Legislature together,” said Michot. “He is someone who always handles himself in an extremely professional manner all while acting as a strong advocate for his clients. He brings a great deal of knowledge, expertise and a valuable skill set to our team. We look forward to continuing to deliver superior service to our clients, and we look forward to having Chuck on our team.”