Andy R. Burmeister, a seasoned Capitol Hill veteran, is an aggressive advocate on behalf of the firm’s federal government relations clients both in the public and private sectors. A Minnesota native, Andy has strong relationships with Members of Congress from across the Upper Midwest and extensive contacts throughout the Administration. He has an intimate knowledge and understanding of the interplay between the branches of government, particularly in the area of federal agriculture and transportation policies.
Andy joined the Lockridge Grindal Nauen Federal Relations Group after a lengthy career on the staff of Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, a widely recognized leader on the influential Senate Agriculture Committee. Senator Coleman is highly regarded for his hand in shaping the 2008 Farm Bill, particularly in relation to food and energy programs and proactively engaged with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Andy served in a number of roles throughout the Senator’s tenure and was responsible for federal appropriations and infrastructure development programs.
Mr. Burmeister has successfully developed and implemented comprehensive strategies on a variety of issues focusing on highway/transit/rail infrastructure development, higher education, energy, environment and federal nutrition programs operated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). He has assisted public sector, non-profits, and private businesses navigate the USDA in relation to sales to the federal government, grants and administrative and regulatory actions.
Additionally, working with key Members of Congress Agriculture Committees, Andy is regularly engaged in the annual budget/appropriations process and has helped guide legislation resulting in significant victories for his clients. He has also assisted non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, local governments, and Native American tribes to expand their Washington, D.C. “footprints”, as well as developing business opportunities domestically and across Europe and Asia.
Mr. Burmeister has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of North Dakota and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a Roseville, Minnesota native and resides in suburban Washington, D.C.