Meet Our Team

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Ted Mullenix


“A love for Arkansas politics, Arkansas values and how it all comes together at the State Capitol continues to fascinate me and hopefully is a great asset for our clients as we achieve their goals.”

In 1983, Ted Mullenix opened Hot Springs, Arkansas’ first family music show and ran against an incumbent for the Arkansas House of Representatives. Ted won the legislative seat and subsequently served sixteen years in the Arkansas Legislature.

During his tenure, Ted became experienced in working through the state budget process and developed the skills required for success in developing and passing legislation. He also developed many lasting relationships with staff members of the legislative and executive branches of Arkansas government. Ted values the friendship of many who still remain in state government positions because of their expertise in specific issue areas and their vast knowledge of the process.

When term limits became effective in 1999, Ted and his partner, Julie Mullenix, founded a governmental relations and consulting firm. Mullenix & Associates LLC is now recognized as one of the top lobbying and consulting firms in Arkansas. The firm’s client list reflects the work ethic and integrity Ted was known for while serving as a member of the Arkansas General Assembly.

“The legislative process is very fascinating and due to term limits there is a constant need for new strategies. We would love the opportunity to discuss your consulting needs in Arkansas.”


Julie Mullenix


“The opportunity to meet and build relationships with people from every part of Arkansas who have a common desire to serve people and promote our great state is the most rewarding part of my work.”

Julie Mullenix is a lobbyist and legal counsel for Mullenix & Associates LLC. Julie joined Ted Mullenix in 1999 in founding Mullenix & Associates LLC, a governmental relations and consulting firm that is now recognized as one of the top lobbying firms in Arkansas.

Julie assists clients in setting strategy and actively participates in lobbying legislators to achieve client goals. She is also available to assist clients with legal needs associated with pursuing a legislative agenda. Mullenix & Associates LLC has enjoyed great success attaining the legislative goals of their clients. The hours of prioritizing and planning come together each session as the General Assembly meets at the State Capitol.

“We view our work as part of our lifestyle and enjoy the challenges and opportunities that come with each new issue. I love working to achieve the goals of our clients.”


Austin Grinder


Austin Grinder is an Arkansas licensed attorney. He received his law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, in Fayetteville, where he graduated with honors. He did his undergraduate work at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and received a degree in Political Science.

Austin has been interested in politics most of his life and has sought out internships over the years that reflect that interest. He has worked as a United States Senate Intern for Senator John Boozman; as an intern at the State Supreme Court for Justice Courtney Goodson; and as an intern at the McWilliams Governmental Affairs firm in Austin, Texas. He also clerked at Quattlebaum, Grooms and Tull in northwest Arkansas.

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Josh Hallenbeck


Born in Little Rock, Josh is a lifelong resident of Arkansas. He attended John Brown University where he graduated with honors, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Josh later moved to Fayetteville and graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

He is a licensed attorney in Arkansas and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a Registered Patent Attorney. Josh has great experience with patents, trademarks, and other forms of complex intellectual property. At Mullenix & Associates LLC, Josh focuses on assisting clients with regulatory and legislative matters and state and local government policy.

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Brenna Woods

Communications specialist

Brenna Woods is Communications Specialist at Mullenix & Associates LLC and an integral part of the team. Brenna develops communications materials and content for social media accounts, websites, news articles, and digital and print materials for our firm and our clients. Brenna received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations, and a Minor in Marketing from the University of Arkansas.

Brenna has great experience in managing social media campaigns; developing content for blogs, websites, newsletters, digital and print materials; event coordination; and developing strategies for ad and promotional campaigns.

Katelyn Pfeffer

Public relations specialist

Katelyn conceptualizes, develops, and executes PR strategy for the firm and our clients. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with emphasis in Public Relations and a Minor in Marketing from Arkansas State University.

Katelyn joins Mullenix & Associates LLC with proven skills in communications, branding, organizational development, leadership development, and design. She brings an array of experience from her previous roles in retail marketing, non-profit consulting, and experiential marketing. Katelyn’s expertise and passion for strategy, storytelling and building relationships is a perfect fit with Mullenix & Associates’ commitment to exceptional client service.