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Washington State Director
Patrick Connor is Washington state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), America’s Voice of Small Business with more than 8,000 members here and 350,000 across the nation.
As state director, he runs the lobbying, political, and educational operations for NFIB in Washington state, which includes the constant reminder to policymakers and the press that small businesses are not simply smaller versions of big businesses, but instead have different difficulties in remaining solvent and creating jobs and economic growth in our communities.
In the 2015 session of the Legislature, Connor led a diverse coalition of private and public sector employers, health care providers, patient and consumer advocates, and health insurers to enact the framework for a fully functional all payer claims database (APCD). Since government now requires all Americans to obtain health insurance, it has the responsibility to ensure access to cost and quality metrics, allowing consumers to make informed health insurance and health care purchasing decisions. Connor’s leadership in health care cost and quality transparency were recognized with appointments to the Washington Health Alliance’s data policy committee, establishing use guidelines under a federal grant, and the governor’s statewide health care Performance Measures Coordinating Committee, developing a statewide core measure set for health care quality and cost. Connor also served as a member of the state Health Benefit Exchange’s Healthplanfinder Business (SHOP) Technical Advisory Committee, seeking to provide affordable health insurance options for qualifying small businesses. He was also recently appointed to a state Department of Health task force addressing skyrocketing patient out-of-pocket costs.
Prior to joining NFIB in 2009, Connor was a lobbyist and national affairs director for the Washington Farm Bureau. During his tenure there, Connor helped secure nearly $31.5 million in tax relief for Washington farmers and ranchers based on 2007-09 biennium calculations. For his work building a successful grassroots effort to influence the state’s congressional delegation, the state organization was awarded the American Farm Bureau’s “traveling trophy” for three consecutive congresses.
Born and raised in the Evergreen State, Connor graduated cum laude with a degree in political science from Gonzaga University. He later returned to his hometown where he was elected to the city council, twice serving as mayor pro tempore. He was a founding board member and president of his local Rebuilding Together chapter, and was elected a life director of the Olympia Master Builders after having served as its president, as well as president of its Grays Harbor and Mason County chapters. Connor and his family reside in Olympia.