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Kim CrockettKim Crockett is American Experiment's Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and General Counsel.  She is the Executive Director of Minnesota Free Market Institute at Center of the American Experiment.

Prior to joining the Minnesota Free Market Institute, Kim served as corporate counsel to a national bank and had a long legal career in commercial real estate law.

Kim, who is an enthusiastic student of the American Revolution and the written U.S. Constitution, has been a member of the Federalist Society since 1984 when she founded the student chapter at Penn Law in Philadelphia. She is currently Chairman of the Minneapolis Lawyers Chapter. She has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from Penn Law (1987).

Kim also started a small business in 2004 where she serves on the board. Kim is a retired member of the Deephaven City Council and chairman of the five-city Excelsior Fire District. She has served Governor Tim Pawlenty as an appointee to Minnesota Compensation Council and the Minnesota Supreme Court as member of the Committee on Minnesota’s Code of Judicial Conduct.

Kim “has issues” with relaxation, but when she is not reading or working, she might be found in the garden or on the slopes depending on the season. She is a devotee of pilates/yoga despite the attendant jibber jabber. She is a huge fan of Minnesota author, Vince Flynn, and his Mitch Rapp series.

Kim Crockett's Archive

Oct 7, 2014
The Metropolitan Council is the regional agency created by the legislature in the 1960s with the sensible purpose of helping to plan and coordinate regional infrastructure. Thanks to decades-long mission creep, that unelected body now seeks to re-engineer society by directing the growth it prefers, rather than confining itself to accommodating growth and the delivery of regional planning and services.
Oct 7, 2014
The people of the Twin Cities have the right to govern their own communities. Social planning by unelected regional bureaucrats who use government power to tell us where to live and how to get around undermines democracy and is hostile to our cherished American traditions of freedom and self-government.
Oct 2, 2014
State history was made on the eve of the Center’s October 7th release of our Minnesota Policy Blueprint chapter “Met Council Power Grab: How the Dayton Administration Intends to Transform the Twin Cities Region for Decades to Come.”
Sep 16, 2014
“Thrive MSP 2040” is the Dayton Administration’s 30-year plan for development in the Twin Cities’ seven-county region. The plan entrenches a model of regional administration that neuters the power of local elected officials, and centralizes decision-making authority in the unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats of the Met Council.
Aug 18, 2014
Center of the American Experiment released a study last month on Minnesota's public pension plans. The report calls for the promises we make to public employees to be fully funded on a current basis instead of the IOU plan in effect now
Jul 26, 2014
The Center of the American Experiment recently released our “Pension Chapter of the Minnesota Policy Blueprint.” It says Minnesota’s public employee pension system reports unfunded liabilities estimated at $17.3 billion and calls for reforms.
Jul 21, 2014
I picked up the Star Tribune on Friday and read through the headlines. The front page had a teaser with a small photo of former state economist Tom Stinson and text that read "8,500 jobs added; jobless rate at 4.5%. U Economist Tom Stinson calls figures encouraging." So I turned to the business section and read the lead headline again saying Minnesota had gained 8,500 jobs in June.
Jul 21, 2014
We released the Pension Chapter of the Minnesota Policy Blueprint last week. The response to the paper from the pension plans was swift. They issued a press release reporting what sounds like very good news about the health of the pension funds: the unfunded liability has dropped from $17.3 billion to less than $10 billion. This news is based on preliminary numbers following a reported 18.6 percent return on investment by the State Board of Investment (SBI).
Jul 16, 2014
Securing retirement benefits for current and future public employees.
Jul 15, 2014
Minnesota’s public employee pension system is broken. The state’s reported unfunded liabilities are estimated by the state to be $17.3 billion. If reasonable economic assumptions are used, the amount is far larger. This is a ticking fiscal time bomb for Minnesota.