January 9, 2020 2 min read

Meet your lobbying team: The experts advocating for your business in the Missouri Capitol this session

The Missouri Chamber’s full-time lobbyists are at the capitol every day — so you don’t have to be. As the 2020 Legislative Session progresses, our lobbyists ensure that employers’ voices are heard on legislative, regulatory and judicial issues to keep Missouri business strong.

Their work includes advancing the issues contained in the Missouri Chamber’s 2020 Legislative Agenda. They are also available to help you with any advocacy questions or concerns you have at your business.

To keep you informed this session, our lobbying team has started a podcast! Get your fix of all things Missouri business by tuning in to Missouri Capitol Chat. With episodes clocking in at under 30 minutes each, this information-packed series is perfect for on-the-go professionals and business leaders. Episode 1 is available now and look for Episode 2 coming soon on Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, Spotify or your desktop.

Meet the team

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Matt Panik
Vice President of Governmental Affairs

Matt enters his third session overseeing the lobbying and political operations for the Missouri Chamber. Matt’s work has helped move the bar on legal climate reform with additional measures in the works this session. Prior to joining the Missouri Chamber, he served as Chief of Staff to a Missouri state senator for several years and then in the same role for the state treasurer. Matt received his B.A. in political science from the University of Dayton and his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law.

Topics of expertise:

  • Civil justice
  • Labor and industrial relations
  • Employment law
  • Tax
  • Elections and politics

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Kara Corches
Director of Legislative Affairs

In her second year working for the Missouri Chamber in the state capitol, Kara is working to build on the strong workforce legislation she helped pass in 2019. Prior to joining the Missouri Chamber, Kara most recently worked as a legislative advocate for the California Optometric Association in Sacramento. Her past work experience includes coalition building, policy analysis and advocacy strategy for a variety of organizations in California and Washington, D.C. She holds a B.A. in speech communication from Baylor University and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from California State University-Sacramento.

Topics of expertise:

  • Education and workforce
  • Technology
  • Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Health care

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Photography portrait of Ross Lien.

Ross Lien
Director of Legislative Affairs

In his first year at the Missouri Chamber, Ross helped pass important legislation including an innovative bridge repair proposal. Ross is an experienced political operative and military veteran with experience in grassroots, digital media, legislative and political operations. He has worked on and won political campaigns in multiple states across the country. Ross also previously worked in the Missouri governor’s office on legislative affairs. He graduated with a B.A. in economics from the University of North Dakota.

Topics of Expertise:

  • Transportation
  • Economic development
  • Broadband
  • Small business
  • Tourism
  • Initiative petition reform
  • Public safety

Email Ross

We want to hear from our members! Have a concern or question? Access to the advocacy team is an automatic part of a Missouri Chamber membership. Contact a team member via email or at (573) 634-3511.


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