Former state Sen. Dick Day, who resigned his seat in the Legislature in 2010 to take a job heading the Racino Now lobbying effort, is now moving on to start his own lobbying firm.
So far, the racino effort — a plan to get slot machines into the state’s two horse-racing/game room complexes — hasn’t really left the paddock.
The new firm, Day and Associates, will be based in Eagan. It said in a statement:
St. Paul — Today former State Senator Dick Day announced that he is stepping down from his post at Racino Now to form a lobbying group called Day and Associates. Day said, “I have been approached by many people asking for my assistance with their issues over at the Capitol. While I enjoyed working with Racino Now and accomplished the goal of raising public awareness for the issue, I feel that it’s time to take on new issues and new challenges in St. Paul. I wish Racino Now well in passing their issue next session.”
Day said, “I have great relationships with members of both parties at the Capitol. I am proud to say that after serving in the Senate for 19 years, there isn’t a single legislator I don’t call a friend. I have always worked in a bi-partisan fashion. I’ve tried and succeeded in bringing people together to get things done.”
Day served for 19 years in the Minnesota State Senate and held the post of Minority Leader for a decade. He served on various committees including the Capital Investment, Finance, Transportation, State and Local Government, and Business, Industry and Jobs Committees. Day has received many awards including Minnesota Legislator of the Year, National Republican Leader of the Year, and was named one of Minnesota’s ten most influential lobbyists by the City Pages.
Joining Day and Associates is Day’s long time aide, Chris Johnson. Johnson is an attorney and a former Minnesota Senate staff member. He is a veteran of many political issues and campaigns and has lobbied for various issues in Minnesota and in Washington, D.C. Johnson said, “I am very excited to work with Dick Day in this new capacity. I look forward to working with new clients to further their issues in St. Paul.”