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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

Mar 18, 2014
After the 2012 election, Rebecca and Quentin Irey, classic hard-working entrepreneurs, chose to relocate their family and the companies they grew to Texas.
Feb 23, 2014
There is a reason the Minnesota Constitution devotes a lengthy and separate section to the state highway system. It really is that central to our economy and quality of life.
Feb 20, 2014
The 2010 and 2013 pension omnibus bills contained numerous changes to the various pension plans, tweaking contributions from employers and employees, vesting rules, retirement age, and cost of living adjustments. Here’s an update on the latest numbers.
Feb 20, 2014
Laurie Hacking, the executive director of the Teachers Retirement Association (TRA), wrote a long response to my commentary in the Pioneer Press last week.
Feb 13, 2014
With the exception of teachers in Duluth and St. Paul, Minnesota public school teachers all save for retirement by making contributions to the Teachers Retirement Association (TRA). Taxpayers also contribute as part of an overall benefit package.
Feb 5, 2014
As Ronald Reagan’s birthday approached, I was thinking about what I would most want to discuss with him and settled on the expansion of government and our loss of freedom.
Jan 29, 2014
You have probably heard by now that President Obama hosted two Minnesotans at his State of the Union address to help make the case for raising the minimum wage.
Jan 28, 2014
As you consider alternatives to the current pension system and merging the very troubled Duluth teachers fund into TRA, I want to offer you the latest big contribution to the national conversation on pensions and do my best to apply it to Minnesota.
Jan 21, 2014
The Teachers Retirement Association (or “TRA) is the pension fund administrator for most of Minnesota’s teacher pension funds. As such, you would expect it to be a very buttoned down, no nonsense kind of place where teaching professionals would go for information and advice on their retirement savings. (Think about what your website for a 401k looks like.) Instead,TRA fashions itself as more of a good friend---and an advocacy organization for the cause of getting and keeping defined benefit pensions for its members.
Jan 9, 2014
It feels like we have become very spoiled — and as a result not grateful for the amazing life that is possible here in the great Northland. Or cognizant of what it takes to deliver reliable, affordable energy when we want it and (more importantly) when we need it.