Profile of Jim Girard - Cook Girard - Government Affairs, Lobbying and Grassroots Management

Jim Girard - Senior Partner
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Jim Girard is co-founder and Senior Partner of Cook Girard Associates. Girard has unique perspective and expertise in public policy, having served in multiple roles in Minnesota State Government. Girard’s eight years in the Minnesota House of Representatives (1989 – 1996) and two years as Commissioner of Revenue (1996 – 1998) give him a unique perspective on the landscape of Minnesota politics. This experience gives Girard a depth of relationships with legislators and key staff in various state agencies, providing valuable insight and access to clients. As a legislator, as an executive in the Administration and as a government affairs professional, Girard has a keen understanding of issues and how to achieve positive outcomes. 

During his time in the legislature, Girard was a leader in numerous successful public policy initiatives and was elected by his peers to serve on the House Republican Caucus Executive Committee. As Commissioner of Revenue in the Carlson Administration, Girard led all aspects of the state agency responsible for tax policy and revenue collection in the state—resulting in unique knowledge and insight into Minnesota budget and tax policy. As a government affairs professional, Girard is a recognized leader on tax policy and economic development, working across the political aisles. He has a proven ability to create and lead bipartisan coalitions to accomplish legislative goals. Girard’s comprehensive background also includes expertise in developing linkages between government and business.

Girard’s tax knowledge and policy experience is also being drawn upon in his capacity as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence.
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