Government Relations

Ritchie & Associates offers high quality government relations services to clients in need of effective, experienced and knowledgeable representation. Ritchie & Associates has the unique ability to give you expert insight and guidance with our founder, Jim Ritchie. Jim served in the South Carolina Senate and was in the leadership for many years. Through Jim’s first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of the state house and close personal relationships with legislators, state agencies and staff, Ritchie & Associates can effectively manage your governmental relations needs.

We are able to serve your needs locally and statewide. Our Columbia office is located one block from the State House in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. Ritchie & Associates also has offices in Greenville and Rome, Italy.


Ritchie & Associates is committed to thoughtful and authentic government relations programs for our clients. This approach enables our clients to establish and maintain credibility and effectiveness with key leaders in state and local government. Our services start with understanding your needs and then we build a detailed plan for success. Working with you we:

  • Identify and develop your legislative and agency 23advocacy goals
  • Explore your government relations vision and important issues on the horizon and then establish specific strategies and tactics to achieve your goals
  • Create a detailed inventory of your political assets and liabilities; establish vertically integrated advocacy plans with local leaders and state officials; and, determine the best use of your strategic political investments.
  • Coordinate monitoring and advocacy for legislative sessions
  • Regulatory monitoring and action
  • Build coalitions with other interested parties as necessary
  • Serve as a representative of the Organization at legislative events
  • Preparation of any necessary filings and reports for the SC Ethics Commission