Whether ensuring your interests are represented at the State Capitol, or coordinating an effective plan for media relations and public outreach, we offer an integrated approach, tailored to your unique needs. Our hard work ethic and innovative solutions deliver top outcomes for our clients.
As founder of Hargraves Consulting, Lucas Hargraves has a strong track record on issues at the local, state and national levels. Throughout Hargraves’ diverse career, he has built a reputation as a problem solver who sees projects through and gets things done.
Hargraves has served as Vice President of Public Policy at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, representing business interests to governmental entities and working on economic development issues. He is also a former member of the Little Rock Planning Commission. Hargraves has delivered impressive victories on his clients’ behalf. For example, in the 2017 Regular Session, he brought stakeholders together to change a long-fought law to allow expanded wine sales in Arkansas grocery stores. He also helped ensure passage of system expansion legislation for natural gas utilities, which will improve energy options and economic development in rural parts of the state.
In 2011, Hargraves helped lead Walmart’s successful effort to pass the Main Street Fairness Act in the Arkansas General Assembly. He has led several successful statewide issue campaigns, as well. In the 2016 General Election, he led efforts to pass Issue 3, a constitutional amendment to enhance economic development opportunities for communities across the state. In 2010, he managed the campaign to pass Constitutional Issues 2 and 3, ending a two-decades’ long effort to amend Arkansas’ usury law. He was instrumental in developing and implementing outreach strategies for Move Arkansas Forward, the committee that worked to pass Issue 1 for highway funding in the 2012 General Election.
Hargraves graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2000 with a degree in Political Science. He and his wife Megan, have one daughter, Caroline Snow, and a son, Henry. They are active members of St. Mark’s Episcopal church and longtime residents of midtown Little Rock.
In addition to legislative advocacy, Amanda Story specializes in communication and public outreach. She was instrumental in crafting messaging for the successful Issue 3 campaign on the 2016 General Election ballot. In addition, she helped organize and execute an earned media program for Move Arkansas Forward, the committee that passed Issue 1 for highway funding in the 2012 General Election. Amanda has also worked on many of the Hargraves team’s legislative victories over the years.
Amanda has extensive experience working in media, public relations, and legislative affairs. As communications officer for the Arkansas House of Representatives, she oversaw the implementation of live streaming and broadcasting of all sessions in the House chamber and multiple House committee rooms, giving the public enhanced access to the legislative process. She also led House communication efforts during the state’s first-ever legislative fiscal session in 2010. Before serving as a media liaison for the House, Amanda worked at KATV, Channel Seven in Little Rock, as a general assignment reporter covering the Capitol, and as fill-in anchor.
Amanda has a law degree from the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Middle East Studies from the University of Arkansas. She and her husband, Bentley, live in Little Rock with their daughter, Virginia.