We know Arizona politics -

We make things happen at the Arizona Legislature, we manage difficult issues, we understand complex energy, land, and water regulatory policy, we engage the media, and we act as strategic advisor to our clients.

It’s been 23 years -

since Arizona native and former State Senator Stan Barnes founded Copper State Consulting Group in January 1997. From the beginning, the firm has developed a reputation for client success accomplished with integrity and good humor. Now celebrating our 23rd year, Stan and his experienced team take on the entire spectrum of public policy issues with an unmatched sense of Arizona political history and trust relationships with elected officials at the federal, state, county, and local level.

“One of the 5 Most Influential Republican Consultants in Arizona”

Barnes is a major Republican fundraiser and backroom dealmaker. He has deep connections in the state legislature after serving in both chambers. Campaigns & Elections Magazine


We represent some of Arizona’s largest companies and employers, serving key components of the state’s economy. There is no one with a more intimate understanding of the Arizona Legislature than Copper State Consulting Group.


We successfully engage with the Governor, Executive Staff, and leadership of important state agencies on behalf of our clients. Years of experience with Land, Water Resources, Administration, Transportation, and Health departments.

Corporation Commission

We understand this critical “4th Branch” of government. Copper State Consulting Group has more experience with the ACC than all other Arizona political consulting firms combined.

Local Government

We have experience on the ground in all 15 Arizona counties and many of the 91 cities and towns that make up Arizona local government.


”Lobbying… it’s harder than it looks. Believability is key. Knowing the process is just the beginning… understanding the unseen but very real forces that hold everything together in the world of politics… that’s the value of experience.”

Stan Barnes  |  President


Stan Barnes

is President of Copper State Consulting Group. For the past 30 years, Stan has been involved in every facet of Arizona governance and media and is viewed as a seasoned and well-reputed veteran of Arizona politics. A fourth generation native Arizonan, Stan was raised on a family cotton farm in Pinal County, and elected to the Arizona State House at the age of 27. After serving two terms, Stan was elected to the State Senate, where he served as Chairman of the Government Reform Committee and participated in a delegation of elected state leaders from the United States on a diplomatic tour of Australia. Stan is a highly regarded political commentator, appearing regularly on television and radio news programs, and is cited frequently in local and national publications.