Luke Gustafson currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor to Leader Johnson and has worked in a variety of roles for Senator Johnson over the last 11 years. In 2008, Luke interned for Senator Johnson after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee.
In 2009 he joined Senator Johnson’s full-time staff as his Legislative Assistant before becoming the Research Analyst for the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee under Chairman Johnson’s leadership in 2011.
Prior to joining Leader Johnson’s staff, Luke interned for former United States Senator Bill Frist as well a Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale. In the fall of 2008 he served as a Regional Field Director for the College Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C. where he supervised a field staff of 30 field representatives throughout the country supporting the late Senator McCain’s bid for President of the United States.
In his role as Leader Johnson’s Senior Policy Advisor, Luke is the chief staff member in charge of the Leader’s legislation and the Governor’s legislative agenda in the Senate, and advises the Leader on the wide-ranging policies that may come before him in the Senate.
In 2014 he was named as one of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30, and in 2018 he was appointed by Lt. Governor McNally to serve as a staff vice chair for the NCSL Communications, Financial Services and interstate Commerce Committee. Luke currently resides in Davidson County with his wife and son.
Ashley Harbin serves as Executive Assistant for Policy and Research for Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson. In this role, she plays a large role in helping formulate and coordinate legislation dealing with a variety of important and complex issues. Ashley is primarily responsible for providing Members of the Senate support, research and advice regarding the Governor’s legislative agenda in the Senate as well as serving as counsel to the Leader.
Ashley previously served as Director of Finance for the Tennessee Republican Party. Prior to joining the TNGOP, she worked as a Senate Bill Clerk for the Tennessee General Assembly.
Ashley received her J.D. in 2015 after attending Charleston School of Law and the University of Tennessee College of Law. Ashley graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2012 with a B.A. in Communication Studies. She is admitted to practice before the Tennessee Supreme Court and all other Tennessee state courts.
Ashley, an east Tennessee native, has now made Nashville home and enjoys downtown living with her dog Acely.Ashley.Harbin@capitol.tn.gov | 615-741-1100 ext. 44806 | Contact
Emily Haas has served as Leader Johnson’s Legislative Assistant since 2018. She is a graduate of Lipscomb University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2015 with a major in History and Philosophy and minoring in Political Science. She has also earned a Master of Arts in Leadership and Public Service from Lipscomb University, graduating in 2017.
Emily is the primary staff person responsible for scheduling the Leader, responding to the Leader’s correspondence, and she provides assistance to Leader Johnson with all constituent-related matters.
Prior to joining the Leader’s office, Emily interned for then-Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) and former Senator Bob Corker; she worked on several state and local campaigns; and she continues to remain active in several non-profit organizations.
Emily is a life-long member of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, of which she is past president of Lipscomb’s order, “Epsilon Chi,” and member of Phi Alpha Delta, the National Pre-Law Honor Society.
Emily, originally from Cincinnati, now lives in Nashville and enjoys exploring and hiking Tennessee’s many trails with her dog Lottie.
Originally from Van Buren, Arkansas, Wade Hoelcel is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies at Belmont University with a focus on Political Science.
Prior to attending Belmont, Wade served for eight years as an Infantryman in the US Army at Fort Lewis Washington, Fort Bliss Texas, and Fort Campbell Kentucky. He is currently a member of the Tennessee National Guard, and a reserve Sheriff’s Deputy in Montgomery County.
Wade is originally from Arkansas, and now resides in Clarksville Tennessee with his wife.
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