Patrick Lynn has spent more than 20 years working in and around campaigns, state government and policy-making areas. He joined The Kelley Group in the summer of 2013, where he leads the firm’s governmental advocacy efforts and is a senior strategist for issue and candidate campaigns.
Patrick is a former policy and legislative advisor in Governor Jay Nixon’s Administration. There he served as a liaison to the legislature and the health care and environmental industries. He led efforts to reauthorize many of Missouri’s environmental laws, and reform and expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Before joining the Nixon Administration, Patrick was the principal of River City Strategies. He represented companies and organizations from the grocery, telecommunications, legal and health care industries with issues before the legislative and executive branches of Missouri state government. He also provided general consulting services to candidates and issue campaigns at the state and federal levels.
Patrick was a senior policy advisor to Governor Bob Holden. He also served as policy director in the state treasurer’s office and as Governor Mel Carnahan’s federal liaison. While in the state treasurer’s office, Patrick assisted in the creation of Missouri’s college savings program – Missouri Saving for Tuition (MO$T). In the Holden Administration, he headed efforts that lead to the passage of the Women’s Health Initiative, establishment of the Missouri Senior Rx program, the Elder Abuse and Nursing Home Reform Act of 2003, the Foster Care Reform Act of 2004, and mental health parity. He also organized and represented the governor in hearings and negotiations over tort reform and Medicaid reform.
Patrick grew up in Independence, Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he studied History and Law.
Opinion Maker: January 11, 2015