Senate lawyer going to work as a lobbyist

Posted September 4, 2013

— Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger's top lawyer is leaving to help run the lobby shop at a big Raleigh-based firm.

Tracy Kimbrell has been Berger's general counsel for three years. The Senate leader announced on the floor Wednesday that she was leaving the state Senate this fall.

She "has, in my view, done a very good job – masterful job – of leading us in many respects through three sessions and keeping us, for the most part, out of trouble," Berger said. "We all wish her well in her future endeavors and are certain that we will see our paths cross many times again."

That seems all the more likely, given her new job.

Kimbrell will join the Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein law firm as a partner and co-chair of the government relations and lobbying team. It's something of a homecoming for her, since she worked at the firm as an associate before joining Berger's staff.

“Even before her work in the state Senate, Tracy was well-regarded as a lawyer and a lobbyist because of her high standards and work on behalf of her clients," said Bruce Thompson, who heads Parker Poe's government relations group. "Through her public service, she has gained the further respect and admiration of elected officials and leaders of state agencies."


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  • davidgnews Sep 5, 2013

    Lobbyists are the bane of a democratic society, because they cancel the will of the voters on behalf of big money special interests. Party affiliation matters not at this point. The public WILL be sold out.

  • kdawg Sep 5, 2013

    A lobbyist is defined as someone who sells out their fellow citizens to the highest bidder. The lowest form of a human being akin to Judas, borderline treasonous, and almost always deserving of the tar and feathers. The biggest mistake our founding fathers made was to allow legalized bribery of politicians through lobbyists, and the mass sell-out of the people they are supposed to serve. It undermines our Democracy daily at all levels.

  • miseem Sep 4, 2013

    But at least there is no stigma about a politician/staffer going for the big bucks after a few years. We all know why they entered it - power and money. As opposed to teachers and state employees, who should be doing it for peanuts because they are such good people and knew going in they were not going to get rich. Unlike the politicians and staffers.

  • miseem Sep 4, 2013

    and the corruption continues.

    And will continue to grow.

  • humm61 Sep 4, 2013

    ...and the corruption continues.