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Strategic Partner


Bob Rafferty has over 20 years of experience involving government, government relations, and associations.  His organization, the Rafferty Group, serves as a strategic partner with Advocacy Strategies.  His long history in solving public policy challenges enables him to find innovative solutions for the important public policy needs and objectives of his clients.

He has worked closely with elected and appointed government officials in a variety of roles, including consulting with numerous state, local and international governments on strategic policy initiatives.  He previously served as Chief of Staff and Director of the Department of Management under Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad and as a consultant for Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack’s administration.  Additionally, he served two terms as a state legislator.

He has worked with governments helping them deliver improved results through policy and process improvements.  Those governments have included the States of Iowa, Louisiana. Maryland, and Minnesota, the District of Columbia, Eugene, WA, the Metro of Nashville, TN, Olympia, WA, St. Paul, MN, Wichita, KS, Jackson County (Kansas City), MO, Franklin County (Columbus), OH, Maricopa County (Phoenix), AZ, Salt Lake County, UT and the Republic of Panama.

Bob provides government relations services to various organizations, involving health care, children’s mental health, economic development, utilities, and education issues.  He also manages the association for Iowa’s truckstops.

Government Relations

The Advocacy Strategies team takes deep pride in representing the best interests of our clients, not the advancement of a political party. We are non-partisan and work with both sides…

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Public Affairs

Advocacy Strategies has successfully developed and implemented public affairs and issue campaigns across Iowa for several years. Our relationships with organizations, businesses and government entities afford us the ability to…

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Public Relations/Media

Advocacy Strategies effectively uses earned, paid, and owned media opportunities to get your message to the right audience through both traditional and unconventional means. With your expertise, we help develop…

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Reputation Development

An organization’s reputation is the most important asset it can possess. A strong reputation opens doors, increases membership, brings financial gains, and allows for successful government advocacy. Many times, simple…

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Iowa Caucuses

Due to Iowa’s unique place in American politics, Advocacy Strategies has dedicated a significant portion of our business and resources to engaging Presidential candidates during the caucus process. We have…

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