AUSTIN BARBOUR, Partner
Austin Barbour brings a dual private and political-sector resume to Clearwater Group, the company he co-founded in 2011.
Barbour began building his extensive client list in 2003, as a government relations specialist at the regional firm, Capitol Resources, where he was hired after breaking all state fundraising records as Finance Director for Haley Barbour’s first campaign for Governor of Mississippi in 2003. He took a leave of absence from lobbying during 2008 to serve as Campaign Manager for Senator Roger Wicker, in his first bid for the U.S. Senate.
Prior to his work on the lobbying and political scene, Barbour created and grew a new financial services division for Security Holdings, LLC, one of the nation’s fastest growing businesses.
In 2011, Barbour brought together his successes in business and politics, and opened the doors at Clearwater Group, LLC, where he serves as Managing Partner and specializes in fundraising and business development, as well as government affairs issues dealing with appropriations, defense, state and federal procurement and contracting, education, environment, manufacturing and public safety.
Most recently, Barbour has been recognized as one of the nation’s top fundraisers through his current positions as one of the National Finance Chairmen for Romney for President and a member of the National Finance committee for the Republican Governor’s Association. He also held the position of State Finance Chairman for the Mississippi Republican Party in 2010-2011, was on the Transition Team for Governor Phil Bryant and is on the Finance Committee for Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. He served as a member of the strategy team for Romney for President in 2012, and was the Senior Strategist for the successful re-election campaign for U.S. Senator Thad Cochran in 2014.
ARNIE HEDERMAN, Partner
Arnie Hederman entered the national political scene in the early 1990s, offering decades of experience as a proven lobbyist and consultant at the state and national level.
His career started as Executive Director of the Political Education and Training Division at the Republican National Committee, under then-Chairman Haley Barbour. After returning to Mississippi, he served as Political Director of the Mississippi Republican Party and in senior staff positions on numerous campaigns, including Presidential nominee Bob Dole’s State Director in 1996.
In 2003, he worked as Deputy Campaign Manager for Haley Barbour’s first gubernatorial campaign, and then served as Director of Haley’s PAC and of the Mississippi Republican Party for Governor Barbour’s first term.
Hederman began a successful lobbying career in 2008, but stayed involved in politics as Treasurer of the Mississippi Republican Party. In 2011, he was unanimously elected MRP Chairman, and leaves his mark on the Mississippi political landscape. Between 2007-2011, Republicans swept 7 out of 8 statewide offices, and won a majority in the House and the Senate for the first time since Reconstruction. He is also a member of Governor-Elect Phil Bryant’s Transition Team.
He is a founding partner of Clearwater Group, where he devotes his talent to his clients, focusing on government affairs and lobbying, political consulting, media, messaging, grassroots advocacy, PAC and business development, and dealing with the complicated issues of campaign law.