Former Legislative Director for Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, joins lobbying firm

07/26/2017 08:45 PM

Matt Niehaus, who served in Governor Matt Bevin’s administration as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Insurance and Executive Director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Services in the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, has joined McCarthy Strategic Solutions.

As Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Insurance, Niehaus oversaw the day-to-day operation of over 115 employees and a multimillion-dollar annual budget, according to a news release announcing the hire.

“Matt has been a highly-valued and trusted member of our team, bringing that rare ability to connect with people and convey the right message for strong policy,” said Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley. “We appreciate his commitment and exhaustive work ethic and wish him the very best on his continued success.”

Niehaus started his career in politics working for the Republican Party of Kentucky working on campaigns for the State House of Representatives. Later he went on to work for Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, providing legislative research and analysis for the House Republican Caucus.

Niehaus moved into government relations in the private sector working with the Kentucky Society of CPAs, where he led statewide advocacy efforts for the organization. He later moved to South Carolina and served as the Director of Government Affairs for the Home Builders Association of South Carolina, according to the release.

At McCarthy Strategic Solutions, Niehaus will focus on legislative matters before the General Assembly and Executive Branch issues, and put his knowledge and relationships to work for the firm’s clients.

“Matt is a great addition to our team,” John McCarthy said. “He brings all of his experience from many different areas of the legislative and executive branches of government, in addition to his character, he will be a tremendous value to our clients.”

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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