Luke Ashley, Principal at JohnsonPossKirby Government Relations
Luke has served Capitol Hill for eight years in the Tennessee General Assembly, the Department of Finance and Administration, and the Office of Governor Bill Haslam.
Prior to joining Governor Haslam’s office, Luke worked for the General Assembly in the office of Representative Pat Marsh.
Luke joined Governor Haslam’s office as a member of his Legislative team in February of 2011. During his tenure there, Luke helped shepherd
the Governor’s signature legislation through the legislative process. These initiatives include teacher tenure reform, tort reform, the TEAM
Act, the Prescription Safety Act, and TN Promise to name a few.
In 2015, Luke left the Governor’s office to join Commissioner Larry Martin and the Department of Finance and Administration.
In his role as Legislative Liaison, Luke was responsible for communicating with the legislature on behalf of Commissioner Martin and the divisions within the department. Luke has worked with the Commissioner, Strategy Technology Solutions (STS), Benefits Administration, and the Division of Budget to achieve the department’s goals and facilitate a strong working relationship between the department and General Assembly.
In addition to his work with the F&A divisions, Luke played a role in preparing the Governor’s Budget and advocating for its approval in the General Assembly. These budgets included the largest tax cut in state history, two debt free budgets, and significant investments in recruiting jobs.
Luke and his wife Katie live in Franklin with their daughter, Ryall. In their spare time they enjoy being with Katie’s family in Alamo, TN and working on their family farm in Shelbyville.