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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

Feb 9, 2015
In a ritual familiar to many Minnesotans, I recently made plans to visit my mother in Florida. When I called to compare calendars, she surprised me. After just a few months as a new snowbird, she is thinking of becoming a resident of Florida. “We are happy to pay the taxes, but the estate tax is another matter,” she said
Jan 22, 2015
Center of the American Experiment released a set of innovative policy papers in 2014 that address the most important challenges facing Minnesota policy-makers. The policy recommendations will now be released as a book.
Jan 7, 2015
In January 2015, just two weeks after Minnesota’s policy makers will have kicked off the new Legislative Session, Center of the American Experiment will release The Minnesota Policy Blueprint: Prescription for Prosperity, a package of wide-ranging policy recommendations emphasizing personal initiative, free enterprise and a limited, frugal government.
Dec 12, 2014
Note: Kim was honored to serve on a panel with MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle, Bentley Graves from the Minnesota Chamber and Dave Van Hattum from Transit for Livable Communities on December 12, 2014. Our thanks to Deb McMillan from Twin West for hosting the discussion.
Dec 10, 2014
I finished scanning the Star Tribune after work today, checking for news we need to know at the Center. An article about the Southwest LRT caught my eye, “Light-rail station designs released.” I dutifully read the whole thing, looking for some mention of the fact that the project has not made it through all the final stages of approval or secured full funding. This is expected to be a major topic at the upcoming Legislative session. And while the Southwest LRT may yet get done, there are serious funding issues and viable alternatives that would better serve more people at a lower cost. No mention of that—or details about the budget for architectural plans for the stations (even though it is like paying a designer to pick out the appliances and artwork before you know you can buy the house).
Oct 30, 2014
The Metropolitan Council is an appointed body created by the Minnesota Legislature to plan for the growth and delivery of regional services in the seven-county Twin Citiesmetro area. It has many of the broad powers normally entrusted to elected officials, such as the power to tax and take property for public use — but none of the council members are elected by the people they govern. The governor appoints all 16 commissioners and the chair; they serve at his pleasure and direction.
Oct 27, 2014
We were privileged to host commentator Mark Steyn at our Fall Briefing, held again this year at Orchestra Hall. Before our guests arrived, Mark gave an interview to Dave Thompson for his evening show on News Talk AM 1130. Many of the same themes Mark spoke about are touched on in the interview, so if you missed the event, you can watch the interview here.
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.”