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Mike Krause is a Senior Advisor* in Bradley’s Government Affairs and Economic Development practice groups, where he represents clients before the executive and legislative branches of government in Tennessee and Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining the firm, Mike served for 14 years in Tennessee state government, holding senior leadership roles in two administrations. Most recently, he served as the executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, where he was the primary government relations advocate for higher education before the legislature and the executive branch. He was responsible for coordinating and submitting all recurring and non­recurring funding requests to both the governor and the General Assembly; provided constant advocacy, advice and committee testimony throughout the budgeting process; launched multiple workforce training programs directly aligned with state economic development goals; and acted as the spokesperson for financial aid issues before federal agencies and Congress. Mike also served as the coordinator for all state higher education efforts relative to COVID-19, acting as the liaison between campuses and the Tennessee Department of Health and the governor’s Unified Command Group during the pandemic. View articles by Mike.

*Mike Krause is not an attorney

COVID Relief Bill Includes $82 Billion for Education: Significant Financial Aid Policy Alterations Included in BillWhether it was in a third grade classroom, on a community college campus, or in the most advanced university research lab, it is fair to say the 2020 fall semester looked different than any we have seen before.

As the country rushed to adapt to the pandemic in mid-March, the nation’s education enterprise scrambled to