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Colleen M. Kopp

Colleen M. Kopp

Senior Vice President 
Wojdak Government Relations

Kopp joined the firm’s lobbying practice as senior associate in April 2012 and has nearly 20 years of state government and public policy experience, according to her online bio. She began her career in the state House of Representatives working for the Democratic whip, advancing to chief of staff. Kopp joined the Rendell administration in 2003 as deputy secretary for legislative affairs and later served as secretary for legislative affairs.

Kopp said her love of politics and public policy led to a profession in lobbying. “I always wanted to make my career in public policy, advocating for issues that help people … . As a legislative staff person and a member of Gov. Ed Rendell’s senior leadership team, I had the privilege to do that important work in state government.” And as a private sector lobbyist, “I get to continue doing this it by advocating for clients who want to do good things for Pennsylvania.”

With the current, polarizing environment, “it is sometimes very difficult to bridge partisan gaps and convince elected officials to come together and work on good public policy. However, I have found that making well-reasoned, fact-based presentations is the best way to persuade lawmakers and advocate for my clients, she said. “… Being prepared, factual and respectful continues to be a very effective way to lobby.”

Kopp added: “Lobbying isn’t about who knows who or political favors. It is about knowing an issue well enough to persuade someone to vote a certain way.”

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This profile is part of CPBJ's Law and Lobbyist Power 30 list for 2022. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at cpbj.com or in our digital edition.

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