On July 11, over 200 people gathered with us at the St. Paul Hotel to honor the winners of the fourth annual Leaders in Public Policy (LIPP) awards — 28 of them, from nonpartisan staffers to lobbyists to leading legislators, differing in their priorities and points of view but united by their diligence and their commitment to making Minnesota government work.
The 2013 session represented the first time in over two decades that a single party had controlled the governor’s office as well as the state House and Senate. Its historic and often controversial work, which ranged from raising taxes to making Minnesota the 12th U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage, posed special challenges for partisans of all stripes — for GOP-aligned interests shut out from the main levers of power, for DFL-aligned interests clamoring to see their priorities enacted amid huge pent-up demand. The LIPP event was a chance to set aside partisan tensions and recognize the fruits of their labors.
And it was a swell party besides. To commemorate the event and to celebrate our winners, we offer this special supplement featuring biographical sketches of all 28 award recipients and a few snapshots from the evening. We also want to thank the many people who took the time and care to submit the nominations from which the winners were chosen. Whether you were there on July 11 or not, your efforts helped make the whole endeavor a success, and we appreciate it.