Nathan Poss, Principal at JohnsonPossKirby Government Relations 

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Nathan Poss


Nathan Poss has more than 35 years’ experience on Tennessee’s Capitol Hill in the public and private sectors. His focus is to provide clients with a comprehensive range of services, including legislative drafting and tracking, policy development, governmental lobbying—at every level, strategy development, and business procurement.


Prior to founding JohnsonPossKirby Government Relations in 2007, Nathan was a principal at Smith Johnson & Carr, where he focused on lobbying efforts for the firm’s business clients and on procurement strategies.


Before entering the private sector, Nathan served seven years as a legislative assistant to Senate Leadership in the General Assembly. During Nathan’s tenure with the state, he drafted and developed key pieces of legislation, organized political strategies, built coalitions, and monitored legislation for committees. He also has worked on numerous successful political campaigns.


Nathan is widely respected on Capitol Hill and beyond for his work ethic and his thoughtful, team-focused approach to complicated legislative issues. Major players in Tennessee’s business community seek his guidance on major environmental and tax issues. His well-executed and thorough lobbying efforts are designed to achieve long-lasting results for his clients, with a proven track record of success.


Beyond his lobbying work, Nathan has extensive experience navigating Tennessee’s procurement process. Nathan has close connections with top-level decisionmakers throughout state government, and his strong and comprehensive understanding of the state’s purchasing processes has helped him secure multi-million-dollar contracts for numerous clients.


Nathan is a native Tennessean who is passionate about the diversity of experiences the state has to offer. He grew up in Lebanon and attended Cumberland University, from which he holds a B.A. in social science. When he’s not on the Hill, he’s frequently spotted in the audience at TPAC, where he is also a board member. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and fishing. He also has been known to play drums and guitar.