Bridging The Gap Between Minnesota Government and Business
Luci Radde Botzek, an attorney, is a partner in Capitol Connections, a government relations and association management company located in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Botzek has a variety of experience in the public sector at top management positions. Most recently she served for seven years as the Deputy County Administrator for Sherburne County. She previously served as Special Assistant to the St. Paul Chief of Police, directing the initiation of a variety of innovative programs. Botzek worked for the Minnesota Senate, staffed the Governor's Task Force on Highways for Economic Vitality, managed the Department of Revenue's real property legislative program, and was a member of a Governor's Tax Study Committee on Property and Mineral Taxation laws. During her tenure as Assistant Commissioner for Human Resources and Legal Affairs at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, she instituted regular labor-management meetings, coordinated the Mille Lacs Treaty negotiations, and managed a major administrative rules recodification project.
Her experience covers a wide range of topics and issues, giving her valuable insight into the operations of Minnesota government at all levels. Her career includes serving as the first civilian planner hired by the St. Paul Police Department, serving as grants administrator for the St. Paul Youth Service Bureau, managing the new Enterprise Zone Program for the MN Department of Revenue, drafting the first statewide transportation plan into rule form while working for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and supervising the first Ethics Office in a state agency. She also has lobbied on parks issues from the perspective of Washington County and Benton County, gaining an invaluable perspective on the dynamics of park funding in Minnesota.
Luci is a registered lobbyist and has represented a variety of clients both at the legislature and before state agencies.
Her association experience is derived both from serving as an Executive Director and as a Board member/officer.
Luci graduated from Hamline University and William Mitchell College of Law. She has served on two Citizen League study groups and was selected to represent the St. Paul Police Department in the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program. She is married to Gary Botzek. During a 19 year residency in Shoreview, she served on the Planning Commission and helped organize the City of Shoreview's Sister City Association. She also served on the St. Paul Dispute Resolution Center Board, the St. Paul Business Review Committee, the Ramsey Charter Commission and was Co-Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Geographic Information Land Records Modernization Committee. She has served as an occasional instructor on "Professional Ethics” at Hamline University for the Master’s program and is immediate Past President of the Board of the Minnesota Chapter of the ALS Association.
Gary Botzek is co-owner of Capitol Connections, a St. Paul, Minnesota-based business providing governmental relations and association management to public and private clients.
Botzek serves as executive director of the Minnesota Conservation Federation, hunting and angling organization begun in 1936. He served on the steering committee of Vote Yes MN in its effort to secure passage of a constitutional amendment to dedicate sales tax proceeds to the environment, conservation, clean water, parks, trails, arts, and history. It passed with 59% of the vote guaranteeing dedicated sales tax revenue to conservation and environment programs for the next 25 years.
He also serves as executive director of the Minnesota Concrete & Masonry Contractors Association, a trade association of concrete and masonry contractors and suppliers. He coordinates the day to day activities of the organization, including board and committee meetings, newsletter and directory production, annual convention, monthly general membership meetings, and special events.
Botzek represents clients at the State Capitol and before state departments and agencies. His lobbying clients include the Minnesota Conservation Federation, the Minnesota Transportation Alliance, and the Minnesota Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. He has represented clients ranging from the Miller Brewing Company, the Minnesota Science Museum, the Osseo School District, Minnesota Audubon, St. Cloud State University, the aggregate and ready mix industry, the concrete block manufacturers, cities, and counties.
Botzek in a former board member of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership and Minnesota Conservation. He also served as a board member and chair of the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Commission. He is also a former commissioner on the Metropolitan Parks and Open Spaces Commission. He also served on the board of directors and served as president of the St. Cloud State Alumni Association.
Botzek is a former chairman of the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board and special assistant to a governor. Botzek served as a legislative assistant to a congressman in Washington and worked for the Minnesota Senate Research Office where he provided policy investigative research and legislative committee staffing.
Botzek received a BA from St. Cloud State University and an MA from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He is married to Luci Radde Botzek and lives in Elk River. In his spare time he is active in out-of-doors activities, baseball, and travel.