As principal and founder of Michael Torrey Associates, Michael Torrey provides overall firm guidance and management, fosters relationships with influential leaders in Congress and the administration, leads client development efforts and handles issues management for clients.
A Kansas native, Torrey has more than 25 years experience in legislative and regulatory policy development, fiscal management, issue analysis, lobbying strategy, communications and association management. He specializes in food, agriculture, risk management and financial services. He has served as advisor to presidential candidate and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, an advisor to Senators Nancy Landon Kassebaum and Sheila Frahm, deputy chief of staff at USDA, special assistant at the Commodity Future Trading Commission, and has served in numerous roles for state and national trade associations including the International Dairy Foods Association and Kansas Grain and Feed Association/Kansas Fertilizer and Chemical Association.
Torrey leveraged his knowledge of the food and agriculture sectors and strong bipartisan relationships throughout Capitol Hill, the White House and government agencies to found Michael Torrey Associates in 2005. Under Torrey’s leadership, the firm serves many major food, agriculture and financial clients, and provides association management services for the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau.
Torrey was raised on a diversified farming operation. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1986 with a B.S. in agricultural education and, in 2009, was named Outstanding Young Ag Alumnus. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and daughter.