Jason SchmelzerJason Schmelzer

Jason Schmelzer joined the Shaw / Yoder / Antwih, Inc. team as a lobbyist in 2009. Prior to joining the firm he served as a lobbyist for four years, most recently for the California Chamber of Commerce. His primary responsibilities at the California Chamber of Commerce included directing legislative advocacy for their over 15,000 member companies on issues such as transportation, air quality, chemicals policy, workers’ compensation, and other lines of insurance.

Prior to his work at the California Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Schmelzer served as Legislative Director for the California Manufacturers and Technology Association. He served as the association’s voice in the legislature, governor’s office, and administrative agencies on issues including labor law, workers’ compensation insurance, and health care.

Mr. Schmelzer spent five years working in the insurance industry prior to beginning his career as a lobbyist. In this role Mr. Schmelzer had valuable hands-on experience working with private and public sector entities attempting to navigate California’s burdensome workers’ compensation system.

Since coming to Shaw / Yoder / Antwih, Inc. in 2009, Mr. Schmelzer has been a strong advocate in the areas of workers’ compensation insurance, environmental regulation, solid waste management, arts funding, and many other issues. He has also grown his portfolio, adding industry leaders like The Boeing Company and Sedgwick Claims Management, Inc., environmental groups like the California Product Stewardship Council, and nonprofits like Californians for the Arts as clients. Mr. Schmelzer was named a Partner in 2016.

Mr. Schmelzer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento. He resides in Sacramento with his wife and two sons.