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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

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.
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.
Jun 2, 2014
“It’s basic freedom, it’s your house, it’s your property,” declares Ethan Dean, a homeowner in Winona, Minnesota. But not in his community, where most people no longer enjoy the basic right to rent their own homes.
May 5, 2014
In this report we look at three solar power projects undertaken by local governments in Minnesota. By exploring how each city made the decision to accept cash grants, we can begin to get a picture of how uneconomic projects get funded, with each party involved making apparently rational decisions in their own best but narrow interests. In light of how these decisions were made, we offer some alternatives for city officials to consider even when they feel compelled to move forward with uneconomic projects.
Mar 23, 2014
Minnesota faces a new reality as baby boomers retire: an increased demand for public services with fewer public dollars. There are solutions but they may require redesigning political campaigns, our schools, local and state governments -- and our own expectations. Last in a series.
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.