Jason M. Childress

Director, Public Affairs

Jason M. Childress

Director, Public Affairs

Jason M. Childress is a Public Affairs Director with the firm and a member of the Government & Public Policy Practice based in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a seasoned government affairs professional who counsels corporations, nonprofits, and trade groups on all aspects of state and local government advocacy and procurement. Jason regularly assists clients with the state legislative and budget process as well as engages with state agencies on regulatory and purchasing matters. He is also a registered lobbyist with the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County and Dane County, where he helps numerous clients engage with local leaders to achieve their goals.

As a member of the firm’s State Attorneys General working group, Jason also helps clients to engage the Department of Justice to advocate for the interests of our clients. He has also worked on numerous environmental issues for clients related to petroleum pipelines and storage, air and water regulation, renewables, and more.

Jason began his political career in 1994 and has since counseled numerous state and federal elected officials and candidates on a wide variety of political matters. He joined Foley after six years as the Executive Director of the State Senate Democratic Committee. In this role, he served three Senate Democratic leaders as their chief political and campaign strategist and managed all media relations, research, message development, and finance operations. Jason was the architect of the Democrats’ successful bid to regain the majority in the State Senate in 2006. Prior to this, Jason served as a finance consultant to the Assembly Democratic leader and Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

He has conducted numerous local and national trainings on all areas of campaign planning and execution and is a recognized national leader in state legislative politics.

Representative Experience

Jason also has extensive nonprofit experience, having served as the assistant development director for United Way. There he worked with top leadership in every major area employer to secure funding for social service programs. As the regional development director for Special Olympics Wisconsin, Jason worked to secure corporate, individual, and government support for the organization’s programming. He also served on the board and as the government relations chair for the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In this role he helped advocate for federal tax code changes to encourage greater philanthropic giving.

Awards and Recognition

  • Awarded the “Marc Marotta Award” for his Wisconsin state legislative lobbying efforts on behalf of National Heritage Academies (NHA)
  • Led an effort to successfully expand the number of charter school authorizers in Wisconsin, providing opportunities for NHA to expand in their mission to serve children with high quality public charter schools


  • President of the Association of Wisconsin Lobbyists
  • Board member of Democrats for Education Reform
  • Board member of the Wisconsin Charter School Association
17 November 2023 Honors and Awards

Foley Receives WAFCC 2023 Corporate Partner and Pro Bono Impact Award

Foley & Lardner LLP received the Wisconsin Association of Free & Charitable Clinics’ (WAFCC) 2023 Corporate Partner and Pro Bono Impact Award.
25 May 2023 Deals and Wins

Foley Successfully Represents City Brewing Company and Wisconsin Brewing Company in Petition to Affirm Contract Manufacturing of Spirits in Wisconsin

On May 11, 2023, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue issued a declaratory ruling concluding that contract manufacturing (co-packing) and alternating proprietorship arrangements between properly permitted parties are legal in the State of Wisconsin.
27 August 2020 Blogs

Wisconsin Legislative Update and State Revenue, Budget, and Election Insights

Like just about every other aspect of life over the past six months, the Wisconsin State Legislature has been impacted by COVID 19. The 2019/20 session was adjourned due to the virus and the unexpected quick end to the session left over 100 pieces of legislation that had been approved in the State Assembly stuck in the State Senate.
09 January 2020 Press Releases

Childress Elected President of Association of Wisconsin Lobbyists

Jason Childress, a Madison-based Public Affairs Director, has been elected to serve as president of the Association of Wisconsin Lobbyists.
23 December 2019 In the News

Childress Comments on Pro Bono Lake Clean-Up Efforts

Public Affairs Director Jason Childress was quoted in a WisBusiness article, “Foley & Lardner lobbyists driving support for Yahara Clean Compact,” about his and the firm’s work on behalf of the Clean Lakes Alliance, a Madison-based nonprofit leading efforts to clean up the Yahara Lakes system.
11 April 2019 Newsletters

PFAS and Credit Transactions: Are You Protected From Environmental Liability?

PFAS, noted for its use in older non-stick cookware, fabric stain preventers, and numerous other industrial applications, is fast becoming a major environmental contaminant that is expensive to investigate and even more costly to remediate.