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Irl Scissors

Irl Scissors Gateway GovernmentIrl L. Scissors is the Principal of Gateway Government Relations.  With over fifteen years of experience in Jefferson City and Washington, D.C., Irl is uniquely qualified to represent clients before the General Assembly, the Executive Branch and Congress. He is a registered lobbyist in Missouri and Washington, D.C.

Prior to his leadership role with Gateway, Irl spent several years as the Missouri affiliate for Integrated Solutions Group, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm.

Irl is a former Policy Advisor for Missouri Governor Bob Holden serving as the Governor’s liaison to the Missouri Departments of Natural Resources, Conservation, Corrections and Labor and Industrial Relations.

Irl spent four years in Washington, D.C. in government affairs—first with the Grocery Manufacturers of America and then the American Stock Exchange. He is a veteran of numerous political campaigns.

Irl attended Saint Louis University School of Law earning his J.D. in 2000 with a Certificate in Employment Law. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Indiana University.

Sarah Martin

irlpix42-300x227Sarah Wood Martin has a decade’s experience in Missouri government. Sarah’s broad range of political experience provides a comprehensive understanding of the legislative process and its players.

Sarah began her career in politics as a University of Missouri- Columbia an intern in Jefferson City. There she spent hours in the library researching and compiling the state legislative records of Senators Claire McCaskill and Jim Talent. This began the transition of wanting to cover politics as a journalist to wanting to be a part of the political process.

Sarah’s passion for the political process continued with several years as policy director for the House Minority Leader. This position gave Sarah House and Senate procedures and relationships not only with the legislators but also key staff members.

Sarah has extensive knowledge of the legislative process and has developed relationships with not only the legislators but also key staff members. Sarah’s campaign background provides an understanding of the political landscape in Missouri.

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