William J. Howell Senior Advisor, State Government Relations McGuireWoods Consulting LLC

Bill is a senior advisor with McGuireWoods Consulting LLC where he assists clients on a range of strategic and policy issues in a non-lobbying role.

His practice includes multistate government relations and public affairs efforts where he assists clients in making contact with legislative and other leaders in multiple states. He also counsels clients on their government affairs strategies and helps identify new businesses and organizations who can benefit from the firm’s services.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods Consulting, Bill served as the Speaker of the House of Delegates from 2003 to 2018 making him one of the longest-serving Speakers in the history of the commonwealth. During his tenure as Speaker, Virginia posted 10 budget surpluses totaling $2.5 billion. Under his leadership the House of Delegates emphasized significant reforms in state government and strategic investments in higher education, economic development, and mental health services.  Other notable legislative achievements include a major transportation initiative passed with bipartisan support and state-funded incentives for land conservation.

Bill was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1987 and represented his Stafford-based district for 30 years. Besides serving as speaker, he also co-chaired the House Committee on Courts in 2000 and became its sole chairman in 2002.

In addition to his public service, Bill is also an attorney specializing in trust and estate law. He and his wife, Cessie, have been married for 52 years.

McGuireWoods Consulting

McGuireWoods Consulting LLC ("MWC") is a wholly owned subsidiary of the McGuireWoods LLP law firm. From time to time, various McGuireWoods lawyers provide non-legal services to MWC clients, but MWC cannot provide legal services or advice. Therefore, any work MWC performs for a client does not give rise to an attorney-client relationship or privilege. Should you require legal services from McGuireWoods, as well as consulting services from MWC, you must engage the law firm separately.


Spent 20 years in the banking industry prior to being elected to the Virginia House of Delegates

  • Virginia

Legislator of the Year, Governing Magazine

Legislator of the Year, American Legislative Exchange Council

Outstanding Virginian of the Year, University of Virginia Batten School for Public Policy

  • University of Richmond, BS
  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD

Member, Virginia Bar Association

Member, Virginia State Bar Association

Former Chairman, National Speakers Conference

Former Virginia State Chair, American Legislative Exchange Council

Member, Spotswood Baptist Church

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