Ashlie T. Bagwell
Senior Government Relations Associate
An experienced lobbyist, Ashlie T. Bagwell joined Harris Jones & Malone, LLC in 2013 after spending the last decade as a government relations professional in Annapolis and throughout Maryland. Her vast experience and excellent reputation among Maryland legislators and government officials are invaluable assets to HJM and its clients.
Prior to joining the team, Ms. Bagwell worked for six years as a Government Relations Consultant at an Annapolis lobbying firm. In that position, Ms. Bagwell represented a large number of clients, primarily focusing on healthcare related issues. Ms. Bagwell also worked extensively with companies and organizations headquartered and/or located in Montgomery County.
Ms. Bagwell boasts an impressive record of accomplishments on behalf of her clients. She attributes much of her success to her ability to work closely with clients in order to develop a strategic plan of action based on that client’s specific short-term and long-term goals. Ms. Bagwell takes great pride in her ability to quickly become well-versed in clients’ issues. As appropriate, she works closely with other stakeholder groups in order to build consensus and, when necessary, reach compromise. She regularly attends meetings of various boards, task forces, and workgroups, where she represents her clients and their interests.
Ms. Bagwell is proud of the successes that she has achieved on behalf of clients, especially those won under the most challenging of circumstances. One such success story involves HJM’s work on behalf of Tesla Motors (“Tesla”) in 2015, when Ms. Bagwell coordinated a legislative effort to allow Tesla to sell their innovative, environmentally friendly cars directly to Maryland consumers. At the time, Maryland law prohibited Tesla from operating brick and mortar showrooms in Maryland. Ms. Bagwell’s legislative work on this surprisingly contentious bill did not conclude until minutes before midnight on the last day of the legislative session, when it finally passed. As a result, Tesla is now able to sell their cars from their Rockville Maryland location as well as other locations around the State. The very next year, Ms. Bagwell worked on behalf of Tesla to support legislation that established a tax credit for energy storage systems. In a year when most tax credit bills stalled, Ms. Bagwell worked with legislators to identify a compromise, thus resulting in the bill’s passage. Maryland’s energy storage system tax credit program was the first of its kind in the country.
Also in 2015, Ms. Bagwell spearheaded a local effort to correct a negative consequence of legislation that increased Montgomery County’s minimum wage. The minimum wage law, as it passed the Montgomery County Council in 2013, created a situation in which restaurants in Montgomery County were at a disadvantage to those in surrounding jurisdictions. Ms. Bagwell was successful in moving forward this issue because she was able to engage stakeholders, build a coalition, and identify a solution that addressed councilmember’s concerns with the issue. The bill, which was initially met with some skepticism, passed by a vote of 8-1.
Throughout her career, Ms. Bagwell has built strong relationships with members of the Maryland General Assembly, as well as legislators and agency representatives in county and local governments throughout the state. Over the years, she has built particularly solid relationships with elected officials, policymakers, and community members in Montgomery County, making her an asset to HJM clients with issues before either the Montgomery County Council or the Montgomery County Delegation. Her versatility has allowed her to seamlessly represent clients in a wide range of policy areas.
Ms. Bagwell’s professional experience representing a wide range of interests is complemented by a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of South Carolina. The combination of Ms. Bagwell’s extensive knowledge and education make her an outstanding advocate for her clients.
University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health (M.P.H. 1997)
University of South Carolina, South Carolina Honors College (B.A. 1995)
Recipient of the Daily Record’s “Leading Women” Award (2011) and Recipient of the Women Information Network’s “Women of Achievement” Award (2004).
Community Service and Associations:
Member, Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington DC Action Fund Board of Directors (2014-2018); Chair, Planned Parenthood Advocates of DC, Maryland and NoVa (2018-present); Advocacy Program Director, Maryland Girls’ State (2014-present); Member, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC Action Fund Board of Directors (2014-present); Mentor Participant, Leadership Montgomery Emerging Leaders Mentor Program (2014-2015); Member, NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, Board of Directors (2007-2013); Leadership Montgomery, Class of 2011; Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association; Board Member, Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (2006); and Member, Women’s Information Network (2003-2006).
Maryland Government Relations Association