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Christine M. Zimmer

Senior Director of Government Relations
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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.

Articles & Presentations
Speaker. "Public Policy Meeting." National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). St. Paul, MN. 18 February 2016.

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

Professional Associations & Memberships
  • Board of Directors, Minnesota Government Relations Council
  • Chair, Politics and Public Policy Chapter, College of St. Benedict
  • Board of Directors, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee  
  • Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Leadership Committee, 2009
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