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Brian Steinhoff will leave Gov. Tim Pawlenty's office to lobby on behalf of Minnesota retailers. Steinhoff will replace Buzz Anderson when he assumes the job Sept. 15.

Pawlenty advisor tapped to lead Retailers Association

Brian Steinhoff, who is a policy advisor for Gov. Tim Pawlenty, will leave the office to become the new president of the Minnesota Retailers Association. Steinhoff will replace Buzz Anderson when he assumes the job Sept. 15.

Steinhoff’s areas of expertise in Pawlenty’s office have included tax and commerce issues.

Steinhoff is stepping into a demanding lobbying gig that includes defending the sales tax exemption on clothing. The sales tax issue has been part of this year’s gubernatorial campaign debate and will likely spill over into next year’s budget deficit discussions.

Steinhoff has been a state House committee administrator on the Jobs and Economic Development finance committee under former chairman Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont.  In Michigan, he was director of former Gov. John Engler’s northern office. He also managed three radio stations in Michigan.

Pawlenty, whose term expires early next year, isn’t seeking a third term as governor.


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