Lee Hughes is the founding partner in Hughes Public Affairs, a firm that specializes in government affairs and business relations in Georgia. Lee has 30 years of experience at the Georgia Capitol in various roles, including as a lobbyist since 1993.
Lee began his career as a clerk in the Georgia Senate under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller, learning the legislative process from the inside. In 1989 he joined State Senator Pierre Howard’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor, traveling the state with the candidate and handling a wide range of duties. After Howard won the election, Lee was named to the Lt. Governor’s staff as Executive Assistant. He assisted with the management of the operation of the Senate and coordinated the Lt. Governor’s environmental legislation.
In December of 1993 Lee began a new career based in Savannah as Regional Public Affairs Manager for Georgia-Pacific Corporation. He handled local and state government affairs in 8 states, focusing on a wide range of issues. In addition to his multi-state governmental affairs responsibilities, he also handled community relations and media relations in the Savannah area. Lee served in leadership positions in trade associations such as the Georgia Pulp and Paper Association, including three years as President, and the Georgia Industry Association, including four years as Vice President. He also served on the Board of the Georgia Conservancy and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He is a 1998 graduate of Leadership Georgia and was named to Georgia Trend Magazine’s prestigious 40 Under 40 in the year 2000.
A native of Savannah, Georgia, Lee earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Furman University in 1986. Lee and his wife and business partner Amy live on the Isle of Hope, near Savannah.