Patrick Harrington is a managing Member at Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Associates.
Pat Harrington, President, co-founder and partner in MHSA, has led Michigan’s “Number 1” multi-client lobbying organization for the past several years.. Pat’s values-based leadership, creative problem solving skills and strategic counsel has earned him a Top 10 ranking as an individual lobbyist and has contributed to many significant policy and economic development successes in recent Michigan history. As a lobbyist, Pat was instrumental in the planning, development and passage of five historic pieces of legislation: the financing of the $400 million Cobo Hall Exhibition Center expansion project in Detroit; the $225 million Wayne County Solvency Act, which averted the bankruptcy of Michigan’s most populous county and established the state’s largest indigent healthcare program; creation of the Wayne County Stadium Act, which established a financing vehicle for the Detroit Tigers’ Comerica Park professional sports facility; the enactment of the comprehensive water withdrawal statute for Michigan; and recently secured state-approval of the largest public and private partnership for a 45 block redevelopment in Detroit, including a world class event center, hosting the Detroit Red Wings, and mixed use development, valued at $650 million.
Pat also quarterbacked MHSA’s strategic partnership with Nestle Waters North America Holdings Inc. to site a $150 million Ice Mountain spring water bottling facility in West Central Michigan. In addition, Pat helped negotiate a creative incentive package on behalf of a large international IT company with the State of Michigan. This brought about a unique global software development center to the campus of Michigan State University, creating nearly 500 jobs to date. Further, Pat recently negotiated an economic development deal with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to allow for a $100 million expansion, creating 1,000 new jobs for a mid-Michigan based financial services client.
Pat holds a bachelor’s degree with high honors from Michigan State University and a law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He has been a licensed attorney in Michigan since 1983, and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. At age 24, Pat was one of the youngest persons to be elected to the Michigan Legislature, representing with distinction, Monroe County’s 39th district. Pat was a successful lobbyist for ten years prior to forming MHSA. Pat is a member of the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police and the Michigan Society of Association Executives. He is also a longtime member of the Advisory Board and Finance Committee of the Michigan Political Leadership Program, the largest multi-partisan leadership-training program in the nation.
Pat and his wife Cindy have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law and a future daughter-in-law and a grandson, and reside in Okemos.