Our government is designed so that you have a voice. I make sure my clients are heard.
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I represent clients by advocating for their interests with legislators and regulators. I am passionate about the idea that, if you pay taxes, you contribute to the economy, and you are part of keeping society running, it seems obvious you should petition your government when you are being affected by the decisions they make. Regardless of your political stripe, people should have the right to advocate for their interests. I do my best to offer clients sound, quality representation that takes advantage of the process, strategic thinking and planning to use time and political capital efficiently.
In my free time, I like to hang out with my wife and two kids at our home in St. Paul, play music, and play ice hockey, even though I’m old and slow.
In 2016, our team represented the Mayo Clinic to amend state law to allow a world-renowned fetal surgeon to join Mayo’s staff. We worked with our client to draft legislation providing for a new form of licensure in Minnesota, which allows highly skilled, foreign-trained physicians to practice in Minnesota under certain circumstances. The legislation was brought forward with 10 days remaining in the 2016 legislative session and passed on the final day of the session. This doctor is an amazing individual, working miracles and giving expectant mothers hope when they have been told there are no other options. I’m proud of the work I did giving him, and others like him, the ability to practice in our country.
Prior to joining Winthrop and Weinstine, I served as staff in both the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Mark Dayton’s Administration.
I started my career in public policy on staff at the Minnesota House of Representatives, where I worked as a legislative assistant and as the Committee Administrator for the House Commerce and Labor Committee. The Commerce and Labor Committee oversaw the insurance industry, financial services industry, telecommunications, and consumer protection.
I left the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2011 to serve as the Director of Government Relations for the Minnesota Department of Commerce. I and my team monitored, influenced, and testified as needed on all legislative matters related to the Department’s regulatory jurisdiction including insurance, financial institutions, energy, telecommunications, and other regulatory matters. I also worked extensively with the Department’s communications staff on media inquiries.
In 2013, I moved to MNsure, where I served as the Public Relations Officer and the Director of Government Relations for MNsure, the state’s health insurance exchange. In these roles, I managed media communications, legislation relations, and stakeholder engagement during the implementation of historic health care reform in Minnesota. I was the lead lobbyist during the passage of legislation authorizing a state-based marketplace and was involved in the passage of Affordable Care Act conformity legislation.
Since joining Winthrop and Weinstine in 2014, I have lobbied for clients on health care issues, business regulation, energy policy, and Native American issues.