In August 2017, Michael Platt Jr. was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs (OLIA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Assistant Secretary Platt serves as the primary advisor to Secretary Wilbur Ross on legislative issues, congressional relations and outreach to the nation’s governors and mayors. Immediately prior to being confirmed, Mr. Platt served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) for five-and-a-half years. During his previous endeavors, he helped direct bi-partisan advocacy promoting the creative and financial viability of creators and major music companies for the Recording Industry Association of America; and helped lead the grassroots advocacy and lobbying efforts for TechNet, a national CEO-driven technology trade association.
Before his time in the private sector, Mr. Platt served as Congressman Blackburn’s primary policy adviser with a special focus on telecommunications, trade and intellectual property. During Mr. Platt’s tenure, Rep. Blackburn founded the Congressional Songwriters Caucus which provided songwriters a high-profile forum to advocate for relevant policy issues before Capitol Hill. Mr. Platt has also worked as a legislative aide for Congressman Asa Hutchinson (R-AR), who currently serves as the Governor of Arkansas; has managed political campaigns; and is a graduate of Leadership Music, a non-profit educational organization providing programs designed to further communications and understanding among facets of the entertainment business. Mr. Platt received his B.A. from the University of Arkansas. He resides in Virginia with his wife Jennifer and young son.