Cole and Kaya Lyle Interview

How did a Marine Corps Veteran and his Service Dog become the most powerful Lobbying team in DC?

Today we’re doing a special episode with a two good friends of mine, Cole and Kaya Lyle. Both are a bit on the hairy side but Kaya is clearly the more lovable of the two.

At this point it’s probably important for me to note that Kaya is Cole’s German Shepherd service dog and through the work that she’s done with Cole, members of congress are already calling her the most Powerful Lobbyist on the Hill.

Cole grew up here in Texas and served in the Marine Corps for 6 years after he graduated High School. Since getting out, he’s completed an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and spent most of his free time lobbying to pass the PAWs act to help his fellow Veterans.

I’ve got 2 primary reasons for having Cole and Kaya on today:

  1. Lobbying often gets a bad rap, and frequently deserves it, but the cause championed and means used determine the virtue of the enterprise. Cole and Kaya provide a refreshing example of how citizens can exercise influence for good within the halls of congress.
  2. Supporting our military and veterans is one of my great passions and I can’t think of a better way to do that than to help support the PAWs Act. Go to to sign the petition and keep listening to find out more about why this work is important

Links from the Podcast:

Connect with Cole on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and the PAWs Act Website.

Help support the PAWs Act and important Service Dog organizations:

Important Time Stamps and Descriptions:

00:00 Podcast Introduction

00:25 Cole and Kaya Lyle Introduction

02:02 Cole & Kaya’s background: Texas to Afghanistan to DC

05:10 Waiting on a Dog

07:45 Setting Goals and Getting involved in Politics

08:25 Cole’s Political Advent

12:50 Interning for Ted Cruz

17:25 Sen. Tillis & Kaya come up with the PAWs Act

18:55 Finding the Solution…not just the problem…

24:23 Now the PAWs Act is a real Bill!…It’s time to get to work…

35:18 How did you do all this while going to college?

39:05 3 big lessons Cole learned from dealing with Elected Officials and their Staffs

46:15 The Future of PAWs Act and How YOU Can help!

49:05 Wrap-up and Show Outro

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