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The Political Life - from campaigns to capitols and everywhere in between. A show about the people whose lives are immersed in the political world, and how they got there. Politicians, lobbyists, pollsters, and business people. If they're on the show, they're living the political life.

Hosted by Jim O'Brien, The Political Life introduces you to the personalities and "day in the life" experiences of some of the most interesting and dynamic individuals in the field. 

Aug 13, 2018

Matthew Guilbault is Associate Director, State Government Affairs at Novartis. In this wide ranging interview, we discuss how he got into lobbying, the pros and cons of being a contract lobbyist, racing motorcycles, and more.

  • Matt studied to be a pilot before deciding to focus on pre-law studies at the College of St. Rose.
  • He got his first job in politics for a State Senator after networking at the restaurant he worked at in Albany.
  • After almost seven years working at the New York General Assembly, Matt transitioned to an in-house lobbying position.
  • After 10 years working in-house, he worked as a contract lobbyist.
  • Matt owns 7 motorcycles, and used to race them professionally.
  • Matt's current position is with Novartis, as Associate Director of Government Affairs
  • He now covers New York, Maine, and Vermont

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