Christine Zimmer has more than 25 years of experience
in the government relations and political field, and uses this expertise to provide
strategic political analysis and lobbying for clients, while building
coalitions and partnerships imperative to successful advocacy for the firm’s
public policy clients.
She advises clients through all stages of the
legislative process, beginning with setting legislative goals and agendas, preparing
and defining strategic action plans, and promoting client agendas before the
Minnesota Legislature, all while providing a thorough understanding of the
complex political environment.
Christine has deep and widespread roots at the
Capitol, and has been an active contributor to many issues affecting Minnesota
government over the years, including transportation, gaming, insurance, health
and human services, long-term care, energy, commerce, campaign finance, ethics
and election law, and traffic safety reform.
Prior to joining Winthrop & Weinstine, Christine
was the Government Affairs Manager at Minnesota Life Insurance Company, where
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 served as a Senior Administrative Assistant for the House
and Senate Republican Caucus Campaign Committees, and as the Legislative
Assistant for the House Republican Caucus Leadership office. At the federal
level, she served as Minnesota Office Director for U.S. Congressman Jim
Ramstad, and acted as lead on environment and women’s issues.
She is active in the community, and served for six
years on the City of Saint Paul Planning Commission. She is also on the Board
of Directors of the Minnesota Government Relations Council and the St. Paul
Area Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee, and is the chair of the
Politics and Public Policy Chapter of College of St. Benedict, her alma mater.
In 2005, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal recognized her as a leader in the community on its 40 Under Forty list.
Christine is a frequent speaker on public policy,
lobbying and navigating politics to a wide range of groups, including masters
and undergraduate programs, the High School Page Program and the Minnesota
Senate College Internship Program. In addition she is a regular author on
“Inside the Minnesota Capitol,” the firm’s blog, providing updates on Minnesota
politics, regulatory agencies, and state government news.