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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

Jun 10, 2015
The news from the Metropolitan Council this spring that the Southwest light-rail line has blown way past all cost estimates to $2 billion presents a great opportunity to find consensus on a big decision that will affect the region well into this century. The rail line has not been fully engineered, which means we are likely to see more cost increases, even after construction begins.
Jun 2, 2015
Video shown at Center of the American Experiment's 25th Anniversary Dinner on June 2, 2015 in Minneapolis. We are celebrating 25 years as Minnesota's Conservative Think Tank.
Jun 2, 2015
In celebration of American Experiments 25th anniversary, the Center has published “25 Years: Looking Back and Aiming Forward,” 50-plus pages jammed with year-by-year highlights from our first quarter century. Released in early June at American Experiment’s 2015 Annual Dinner, keynoted by humorist P. J. O’Rourke, it also discusses what’s coming up next and contains salutes from more than 30 Minnesota and national leaders. If you would like a copy sent to you please contact Samantha Peterson at or 612-584-4559.
May 20, 2015
We’re pleased to report lawmakers gave serious consideration to a large number of policies that fell in line with our recommendations during the 2015 legislative session. In fact, many of the most important policy debates during the session were directly informed and some even initiated by the analyses and recommendations found in the Blueprint.
May 15, 2015
Transportation is a big priority at the Legislature; both sides agree Minnesota's roads and bridges need repair -- and that commuters need more efficient options -- but that is where the agreement ends. There is a lake the size of Superior separating the GOP House from the DFL Senate and Gov. Dayton on where transportation dollars should come from, where they should go and how much to spend over the next decade.
Apr 30, 2015
Just about any asset you can imagine is included in an estate for tax purposes including homes, farms, small businesses, cabins or hunting land.
Apr 13, 2015
I read PIM’s Capitol Report on Transportation at the end of the week. I wanted to check on the progress of some Transportation and Met Council bills. The two issues are intertwined as over half the state’s residents live in the metropolitan area and the competition continues between urban, suburban and rural areas for transportation and other funding. And importantly, there are very different competing visions for how Minnesotans, especially in the Metro Area, will live and get around in the next three decades.
Mar 31, 2015
My colleague Mitch has elegantly laid out the economics and history behind the politics of Governor Dayton’s proposal to fund pre-school for all Minnesota children, so I will not repeat the details here. I want to talk about parenting and, without sounding too dramatic, our civilization.
Mar 13, 2015
Just a quick burst of Friday morning optimism written in hopes of eroding the cherished myth that high income Minnesotans pay a lower percentage of their income in taxes than middle and lower income earners. It is a useful political theme for the Left here in Minnesota that leads to misleading rhetoric and bad policy.
Feb 16, 2015
I am one of those dreaded ex-smokers. I try to be understanding, but I really do not want to be around cigarettes or cigars, which are now popular with my college-age son and his friends. I keep telling them no one will want to kiss them with cigar breathe but they tell me, hey, we cannot drink legally and we do not smoke cigs so this is our rebellion! Fine. Just take it outside.