Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mike Talboy is leaving the Missouri Legislature for Burns & McDonnell

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Mike Talboy is leaving the Legislature for Burns & McDonnell.
  • Mike Talboy is leaving the Legislature for Burns & McDonnell.
Missouri's Democratic caucus is losing a great representative. Mike Talboy, the Missouri House's minority leader, isn't running for re-election; he's taking a job with Burns & McDonnell as the firm's first director of governmental affairs. His first day on the job is June 4.

News broke earlier this week that Talboy wouldn't run, but the job Talboy couldn't turn down was revealed today. Burns & McDonnell's press release says: "Talboy will serve as Burns & McDonnell's liaison with local, state and federal officials in the support of the firm's related business units."

"We are excited to have Mike join our team," Burns & McDonnell Chairman and CEO Greg Grave said in the press release. "As we have grown, it has become increasingly obvious that we need to be more proactively engaged with the legislative process at all levels of government. Mike has been an excellent representative for his constituents and Kansas City as a whole. With his grasp of the complex and important issues facing governments not only here in the Midwest, but around the country, Mike will help Burns & McDonnell be a more effective advocate for the solutions our clients need."

It says something about a lawmaker when the other party's leader is quoted in the press release. Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley, a Republican, says:

"Mike has always been great to work with even when we disagree. He is a straightforward communicator and has always worked well with all sides of an issue to break through impasses and find consensus. Burns & McDonnell will benefit a great deal with his addition to their company."

Talboy, a Democrat, was first elected to the Missouri House in 2006. He was previously an attorney with Polsinelli Shughart.

Talboy told The Pitch on Tuesday that he was excited about the new job.

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