WHO WE ARE
Michael Higdon, Principal
"I founded A1.9 Strategies out of a desire to be 'all in' with my clients, collaborators, and policy objectives."
Prior to launching A1.9 in 2017, Michael worked for three years with one of Washington’s leading bipartisan public policy consulting firms helping service over 25 small, medium, and large companies, non-profits, and universities.
As the name A1.9 (a subtle nod to Article 1; Section 9) suggests, Michael has a particular fondness for the House Appropriations Committees. In this regard, Michael served on the staff of former House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers completing his assignment as Chief of Staff in December 2013. Through various roles, including Chief, Legislative Director and staff designee to the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina, Michael worked with the Committee to advance a range of public policy goals and funding priorities.
Prior to his 11-year stint with Rogers, Michael served with a senior Member of the House Armed Services Committee and for two years with the former Chairman of the House Energy & Water Appropriations Subcommittee Ron Packard.
Notably, during his time on Capitol Hill, Michael worked on passage of landmark tobacco legislation, advancement of COTS security technologies, anti-drug and opioid response legislation, environmental restoration, defense procurement, and several economic development initiatives throughout southern and eastern Kentucky. Michael also worked closely with energy industry advocates to promote clean coal, liquefaction and gasification research, mining permit process improvements, and mine safety standards.
Originally from central California, Michael holds a degree in Government and Law from Lafayette College. Michael and his wife, Jamie, reside in Virginia with their two children.