With over twenty years of experience in Jefferson City and Washington, D.C., Irl is uniquely qualified to represent clients before the Missouri General Assembly, Executive Branch, and the U.S. Congress.
He serves on expert panels, gives media interviews, testifies before House and Senate committees, and is engaged in high level policy negotiations at all levels of government.
Prior to his leadership at 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 to Missouri Governor Bob Holden serving as liaison to the departments of Natural Resources, Conservation, Corrections, and Labor and Industrial Relations.
He spent four years in Washington, D.C., first with the Grocery Manufacturers of America and then the American Stock Exchange. He is a veteran of many political campaigns.
Irl is locally active in the community serving on non-profit boards including Lydia’s House and The Kaufman Fund.
Irl attended Saint Louis University School of Law earning his J.D. in 2000 with a Certificate in Employment Law. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science from Indiana University.
What Our Clients Are Saying
Gateway has been invaluable in protecting the interests of the Missouri summer camp industry for over six years. Irl Scissors and his team of associates look at our needs not only as camp owners, but as small business owners and industry leaders that employ hundreds of young people and serve thousands of adult and youth campers statewide.Charlie CaspariExecutive Director of the St. Louis Section of the American Camp Association
Gateway consistently goes above and beyond – they identify possible problems which may impact our business long before they become unmanageable issues for us, and provide strategic counsel and navigation within the legislative process on our behalf. For over six years, Gateway has been our trusted partner at the state level. Our firm and our clients are grateful for Gateway’s strategic guidance and dedication to detail.Michael AngelidesManaging Partner, Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC
During my tenure as Governor of Missouri, Irl Scissors was a strategic and sought-after advisor. His contribution was consistently outstanding and highly valued, and I consider him to be a trusted partner in all that he does. His work ethic, intellectual abilities and personality, made him one of the most effective members of my office.Bob HoldenFormer Governor, State of Missouri
Partnering with Gateway allows us to expand our public strategy, PR and consulting practice to more industry-specific clients, and reach new campaigns, and allows Gateway to expand their media footprint – it’s a win-win every time. Thanks for many years of a successful partnershipKim GeorgePrincipal, Momentum Public Strategies
The Gateway team helped my firm with a complex legislative research project. The quality of their work product and their attention to detail was impressive and went beyond my expectations.John GunnPartner, The Gunn Law Firm