Big Fish, 50 Ponds

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

It is not news that state government relations professionals are not usually afforded the same level of status or compensation as their federal counterparts. But, having seen many a federal lobbyist sputter at the prospect of facing over 7400 legislators, 50 chief executives and 50 attorneys general, I know that the status mark does not reflect the complexity or intensity of the job.

Consider this… many federal lobbyists are expected to be adept at dealing with the Congress, the President and the Attorney General? Yet, for us, effective working relationships with Governors, state legislators and AG’s is expected ….. times 50! Add the very high level of turnover among state officials and you can appreciate why this is a profession for the best and the bravest.

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