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  • 2020 Virtual Legislative Preview Summit

  • December 14-17, 2020 | Virtual event

    We are excited to announce our virtual Legislative Preview Summit in advance of both North Dakota and Minnesota's legislative sessions, as well as the next Congress. These events were held over four days beginning on December 14, and was open to the public at no cost.

    Catch the recordings from all panels below!

  • North Dakota Leadership Policy Panel
    Monday, December 14 | 2 to 3:30 p.m. CT

    High-priority topics to be discussed during this panel are COVID-19 and its impact on health, safety and state and local economies, budgetary and funding challenges and opportunities, energy impacts, lignite resources and reimagining state government. Panelists:

    • Governor Doug Burgum, R - ND
    • Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R – ND, District 37
    • Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman, D – ND, District 23
    • House Majority Leader Chet Pollert, R- ND, District 29
    • House Minority Leader Josh Boschee, D – ND, District 44

    Moderated by: Blair Thoreson, PSG; Former ND District 44 Legislator 

    Cass County Legislative Policy Panel
    Tuesday, December 15 | 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. CT

    Key legislators from our area will share their views on 2021 legislative session priorities including budgeting for 2021-2023, health care delivery on the prairie, bridging education and workforce development and the FM Area Diversion Project. Panelists:

    • Senator Jim Roers, R, District 46
    • Senator Ron Sorvaag, R, District 45
    • Senator Judy Lee, R, District 13
    • Representative Karla Rose Hanson, D, District 44

    Moderated by: Rudie Martinson, PSG; Executive Director of the ND Hospitality Association

    Minnesota Policy Panel
    Wednesday, December 16 | 3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

    Hear from elected officials in Minnesota's District 4 about legislative priorities for 2021. Critical topics that will be a part of this session include biennial budget, healthcare including rural access, taxes, education funding and distance learning, and road and bridge funding. Panelists:

    • Senator Kent Eken, D – MN, District 4
    • Representative Paul Marquart, D – MN, District 4B
    • Representative-elect Heather Keeler, D – MN, District 4A
    • Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Minnesota Department of Transportation

    Moderated by: Kurt Zellers, PSG; Former MN State Representative & Speaker of the House

    Federal Policy Panel
    Thursday, December 17 | 2 to 3:30 p.m.

    Now that the election is over, it is time for our congressional delegation to get to work. Hear about the top issues on the federal level impacting Minnesota and North Dakota regarding post-election and presidential transition status, stimulus and fiscal year 2021 budget outlook, COVID-19 and other 2021 federal policy priorities. Panelists:

    • Senator Amy Klobuchar, D, MN
    • Senator John Hoeven, R, ND
    • Representative Kelly Armstrong, R, ND
    • Representative-elect Michelle Fischbach, R, MN-District 7

    Moderated by: Ryan Kelly, President and CEO of Primacy Strategy Group

  • Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Primacy Strategy Group, whose policy experts will also serve as moderators for each of the panels. Learn more about Primacy Strategy Group and the moderators below

  • About the session moderators About the session moderators

    Ryan C. Kelly is a cofounder of the Primacy Strategy Group in addition to serving as the President and CEO. He also serves on the PSG Board of Governors. Mr. Kelly is also the Principal of Synergetic Endeavors a St. Paul-based consulting firm he founded in 2005 which specializes in grassroots advocacy, public relations, coalition building and association management. Mr. Kelly is a skilled and experienced strategist delivering successful outcomes for clients at the congressional, state, and local levels. Mr. Kelly is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

    Kurt Zellers is the Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for Primacy Strategy Group. Mr. Zellers is a strategic public relations and public affairs expert with 25+ years of experience in the industry. He began his work in political advocacy in 1990 while working on a North Dakota State house campaign. Mr. Zellers served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2003 to 2015, including as Minnesota’s 57th Speaker of the House. Zellers also served as House Minority Leader and Assistant Majority and Minority Leader.  Mr. Zellers received a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of North Dakota.

    Blair Thoreson is a member of the State and Local Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs team at the Primacy Strategy Group (PSG). Prior to joining PSG he represented the 44th Legislative District in Fargo, North Dakota from 1998-2016.  During his legislative career, Thoreson served as chairman of the House Appropriations Government Operations committee. Thoreson is a small business owner and worked in the telecommunications industry. He serves on the Board of Directors of the North Dakota Hospitality Association. Thoreson received his Bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University and a Master’s degree from the University of Mary.

    Rudie Martinson is a member of the State and Local Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs team at the Primacy Strategy Group (PSG). As part of his duties for PSG, Rudie continues as the executive director of the North Dakota Hospitality Association. During his time at the Hospitality Association he developed a reputation as an eloquent and effective coalition builder and advocate. Rudie honed his skills while working for the North Dakota Policy Council, Americans for Prosperity, and the North Dakota Republican Party. In 2013, he was named to the Bismarck Tribune’s “Top 40 Under 40.” He holds a B.S. in English from North Dakota State University.

  • About Primacy Strategy Group About Primacy Strategy Group

    The Primacy Strategy Group (PSG) is a full-service government relations and public affairs firm. The PSG team offers a broad spectrum of services for its clients which includes association management and coalition building, grassroots and grasstops mobilization, regulatory affairs expertise at the federal, state and local levels, as well as procurement services. PSG also provides clients with expanded public affairs and communications services, including strategic communications planning, media relations, social and digital media strategies, crisis communications, and reputation management.

    Primacy Strategy Group is a 50/50 joint-venture between Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. (LGN), a Minnesota-based law firm with state and federal lobbying teams and Synergetic Endeavors, a St. Paul-based consulting firm specializing in grassroots advocacy, public relations, coalition building and association management.

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