As a Republican lobbyist, Todd Hill faced an uphill battle this session in working with a DFL-controlled House, Senate, and governor’s office. But Hill – founder and president of the lobbying firm Hill Capitol Strategies – still managed to score several major victories. Among them was defeating the proposed minimum-wage increase on behalf of his client, the Minnesota Restaurant Association, which believed the hike could be harmful to local businesses and would lead to layoffs.
With more than two decades of experience in government affairs and politics, Hill is highly respected by Republicans and Democrats alike. Before starting Hill Capitol Strategies, he spent 12 years as senior and managing partner of Cook Hill Girard Associates. Before entering the lobbying field, Hill worked on behalf of several Republican politicians, including Gov. Arne Carlson, U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, and his father, former Montana Congressman Rick Hill.
Larkin Hoffman lobbying team
The government relations team from Larkin Hoffman played a pivotal role in a wide range of regulatory, budget and development issues this year. Among Larkin Hoffman’s successes was the Mall of America expansion project. Over the next two decades, the mall will get up to $250 million in aid from the metro fiscal disparities tax pool for a planned $1.5 billion expansion in which the retail behemoth could more than double its size. The team also played a key role in legislation involving the Bloomington Central Station and frac sand mining.
The team: Peter Coyle, John Diehl, William Griffith, Peder Larson, Robert Long, Julie Perrus and Gerald Seck.
Larkin Hoffman Daly and Lindgren opened in 1958, and today employs more than 70 attorneys. Its team of seasoned lobbyists advocates on a variety of issues with the Legislature and other state agencies, as well as the Metropolitan Council, several county boards and city councils, and various regulatory agencies.
Sexton, the lead lobbyist for Mayo Clinic, landed a major win at the Capitol this year with the passage of the Destination Medical Center bill, the biggest state economic investment in the history of Minnesota. The bill will bring $585 million in aid to the ambitious project, which will see a $3.5 billion investment from Mayo to expand the Rochester campus, as well as $2 billion more in projected private investments. The project will create tens of thousands of jobs, and will make Mayo competitive on a national level with larger research hospitals.
Sexton was hired by Mayo as its director of state government affairs in 2010. She worked previously as senior manager of state government relations for Medtronic. She’s also worked for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Medical Association.