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Lobbyist. Lawyer. Oxford-educated scholar. Arizonan. Mother.Gretchen Jacobs

Gretchen Jacobs is all those things, and then some. With a degree in political science from USC and a law degree from Santa Clara, Gretchen spent the first part of her career in civil courtrooms, then shifted to the Arizona political arena in 1999. Ever since, her lobbying career has been defined by a few key points:

  • Trust: By working together with legislators and with the executive branch without publicizing these relationships, Gretchen creates a level of confidence that translates into results, not hype.
  • Determination: Gretchen has a long record of success for her clients. As she puts it, “I never give up. There is always another avenue to achieve results if the first avenue stalls.”
  • Focus: Gretchen has helped clients from the high tech world to the insurance industry, substance abuse treatment providers to autism treatment. How does she handle such complex, diverse needs? By crafting thoughtful strategies, getting directly to the point and acting tirelessly to move your interests forward.
  • Relationships: In a business that’s often a bloodsport, Gretchen has built deep, long-term professional relationships across the political map. Let others leave bodies in their path; Gretchen prefers to leave a trail of success.
“Gretchen is without a doubt one of the best, most talented political consultants in the state,” says Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma and Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  “I’ve seen her take on an issue and change the board from red to green in a matter of hours.  Her tenacity and effectiveness are matched only by the integrity with which she gets the job done.”
Rep. John Kavanaugh, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, agrees: “An effective lobbyist develops good working relationships with legislators, knows the facts, communicates them understandably and concisely, anticipates the arguments of the opposition and counters them first and knows how to ferry a bill through the twisting legislative process. Were the dictionary to have a definition of ‘effective lobbyist,’ Gretchen Jacobs’ picture would be right next to it.”

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Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma and Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee:

“Gretchen is without a doubt one of the best, most talented political consultants in the state. I’ve seen her take on an issue and change the board from red to green in a matter of hours.  Her tenacity and effectiveness are matched only by the integrity with which she gets the job done.”

Rep. John Kavanaugh, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee:

“An effective lobbyist develops good working relationships with legislators, knows the facts, communicates them understandably and concisely, anticipates the arguments of the opposition and counters them first and knows how to ferry a bill through the twisting legislative process. Were the dictionary to have a definition of ‘effective lobbyist,’ Gretchen Jacobs’ picture would be right next to it.”

The late Jake Flake, former Republican Speaker of the Arizona House:

“Gretchen is top notch. She works well with everyone in the Legislature and there aren’t many lobbyists I would say that about.”

State Rep Bob Robson, R-Chandler:

“She is highly effective and yet somehow manages to keep a low profile.”

Dale Rinard, President/CEO, TERROS:

“Gretchen’s knowledge and talents are remarkable. She maintains high ethical standards and is well-respected by the Legislature. TERROS is fortunate to have Gretchen as its representation.”

Phil Calzadilla, Regional Sales Manager, Cisco:

“Gretchen goes above and beyond to understand our public sector customers’ most urgent problems and then collaborate with our team to develop solutions. She is more than a consultant – she’s a valued and trusted partner whose passion, candor and understanding are invaluable to our team.”

Tim Deskin, Cognos:

“Gretchen is resourceful, well-connected and effective.  She’s one of a kind.”