LAMFT Lobbyist

Eric Sunstrom 2020

Eric M. Sunstrom

President of The Chesapeake Group

Eric M. Sunstrom is the founder and President of The Chesapeake Group. In business for over fifteen years, the company under his leadership has landed a most impressive client list, representing business and trade associations throughout the state and nation. Sunstrom draws on his years of experience working with a broad spectrum of clients, from tourism to mental health, and has over the years appeared before every standing committee in the Louisiana Legislature.

Sunstrom has distinguished himself by not only meeting his clients’ legislative needs, but by enhancing their operation to make them more efficient and effective. He began his career in government and public relations as the first ever Director of Governmental Affairs for the St. Tammany Home Builders Association (STHBA). Starting from scratch, he created a grassroots initiative that enabled the STHBA to become a powerful voice in local politics. Then in 2000, Sunstrom was hired by the Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) to become the Baton Rouge Regional Director and Deputy Director of Governmental Affairs. Under his direction, the LRA was successful in passing numerous bills impacting the industry.

Over the years, Sunstrom has also successfully defended the rights of business owners against unwanted regulation. Through diligence and hard work, he developed a reputation as a leader in his field, and in the process developed strong personal relationships with state legislators and governmental regulators.

In 2004, Sunstrom formed The Chesapeake Group, bringing his expertise to a wider range of clients, designing and implementing programs to promote legislative and regulatory initiatives on their behalf. Since that time he has advocated issues from industry-supported fee increases, tax cuts and pro-business legislation. In 2006 Sunstrom began his representation of the Louisiana Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He has continued this work for over fifteen years, seeing the association grow and expand the practice of family therapy.

Mr. Sunstrom holds a Bachelor of Political Science degree with a minor in History from Louisiana State University. He is a former member of the Governor’s DWI Task Force, and the Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, he resides in Baton Rouge with his wife the former Meg Casper and their Cane Corso, Hera.

Click on the Dates below to see the list of items that is watched by our Lobbyist.

LMFT-05_24_24                   LMFT-05_17_24                 LMFT-05_10_24

LMFT-05_02_24                    LMFT-04_26_24                LMFT JUNE 2024 Session