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Christine M. Zimmer

Director of Government Relations
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Experience
Christine M. Zimmer joined Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.'s government relations team in 2003, and is an effective lobbyist for the firm's clients at the State Capitol. At the firm, she is the lead contact for many clients preparing and defining strategic legislative action plans and providing an understanding of the complex political environment to meet our clients’ needs. In her role, she promotes client agendas at the Capitol, develops goals and builds coalitions and partnerships for successful client advocacy.

Christine has been an active contributor to many issues affecting Minnesota government over the years, including transportation, gaming, insurance, health care, long-term care, energy, campaign finance, ethics and election law, and traffic safety reform. Prior to her position at Winthrop & Weinstine, Christine was the Government Affairs Manager at Minnesota Life Insurance Company. While there, she worked on significant insurance legislation and developed important relationships with the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Capital City Partnership, and the Insurance Federation of Minnesota. She also has served as a Senior Administrative Assistant for the House and Senate Republican Caucus Campaign Committees, and prior to that was the Legislative Assistant for the House Republican Caucus Leadership office. She also worked at the federal level for U.S. Congressman Jim Ramstad as Minnesota Office Director and acted as lead on environment and women’s issues.

She served for six years on the City of Saint Paul Planning Commission, was recognized as a 40 Under 40 leader, speaks on lobbying and navigating the political landscape to high school, college and masters programs. She serves on the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee Board and is chair of the College of Saint Benedict Politics and Public Policy Chapter.

Articles & Presentations
Panelist. Public Services & Public Affairs Seminar, Career EXPO. College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University. 06 Nov. 2013.

Speaker on Minnesota State Legislature regarding lobbying procedure, building relationships, ethics and techniques. University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute Policy Fellows. 07 Dec. 2012.

Speaker. "Nothing is Solid Until the Session Ends." Minnesota Health Strategy & Communications Network, St. Cloud, MN. 20 February 2009.

Frequent guest speaker, Page Program and local area high schools on politics and public policy.  
Honors & Awards
  • 40 Under Forty Honoree, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2005

Community
Professional Associations & Memberships
  •  Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Leadership Committee, 2009
 
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